Sudan, FAO agree to regulate illegal fishing

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Khartoum, Aug 1 (KUNA) - The Ministry of Animal Resources, Pastures and Fisheries signed Wednesday a memo of understanding (MoU) with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to join the implementation of the Convention on Port State Measures to Reduce Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing in the Red Sea Fisheries . The State Minister at the Ministry of Animal Resources Dr. Jalaluddin Rabih witnessed the signing ceremony. The Director of the Department of Fish and Aquaculture Dr. Hammad Shento signed on behalf of the ministry whereas Dr. Baba Ghana Ahmado, FAO Resident Representative in Sudan, signed for his organization. Dr. Rabih explained, in a press statement after the signing ceremony, that the agreement dealt with the joining to the project on the implementation of the convention on measures taken by the port state to curb illegal fishing and control of fisheries as a national wealth, adding that it is reliable for achieving Arab food security. For his part, Dr. Ahmado said that the agreement was global for fish and overfishing as a global issue and that the organization pays great attention to the animal resources sector, especially fish, through development of a clear strategy for marine fisheries and implementation of technical projects in the fields of the training and capacity building of the modern maritime surveillance programs to prevent overfishing. He added that the organization has a long experience in dealing with such projects and seeks to promote expertise that contribute to the reduction of the negative phenomena in the field of fish and contribution to the procedures adopted by countries to prevent over-fishing, pointing out that the issue is a global project funded by the Kingdom of Sweden amounting to 5.8 million targeting the countries at the most risk of over-fishing worldwide.