ICMA Chairman Fr Bruno Ciceri is presently in Rome following proceedings of the FAO Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. The recent notice from the FAO regarding strengthening regulation of IUU activity with the Port State Measures Agreement means that inspection for illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing follows from this FAO accord affecting over 30 states including the whole European Union block of members. Further detailed reports, information, comment and other links will be found for this and many other issues at the FAO site.
ICMA has recently returned from visits in East Asia to ICMA members working with fishers in the ports of Kaohsuing and Pusan. ICMA emphasised the continuing importance of maintaining support and advocacy for fishers, and recognised the important task of connecting with fishers and their families through the extensive ministry of our member organisations.