Mr Lim called on countries to adopt the agreement on improving maritime security and to contribute to the prevention of illegal fishing. Today, observers say the agreement has now been moved on. The 2012 Cape Town Agreement, adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), sets standards for fishing vessels and contains other rules to protect the safety of crews and observers and provide a level playing field for the industry. The agreement will enter into force as soon as 22 states and 3,600 eligible fishing vessels ratify or join. This measure puts fishing vessel operators in the same position as other seagoing vessels and the final practices endangering crews. Until the CTA comes into force, there are no binding global safety rules for fishing vessels. October 23, 2019: 48 states commit to ratifying the 2012 Cape Cape Cape Convention at the Torremolinos Ministerial Conference on Fishing Vessel Safety and Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (INRI Fishing). In the Torremolino Declaration, states pledged to promote the Cape Town Agreement and to work towards the abolition of ININ fishing. Torremolinos Protocol of 1993.
The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has developed policies and procedures for surveying fishing vessels in accordance with proposed regulations. The fishing industry was widely consulted and involved in the development and adoption of the proposed regulations. As part of the consultation, both the State Law Advisers Office and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) supported the ratification of the Cape Town Agreement in 2012. The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry participated in the development ahead of the diplomatic conference and also supported the 2012 Cape Town Agreement. Consultations were also held with SAMSA, Transnet, the National Ports Authority, the South African Navy, the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Department of Trade and Industry. It was indicated that the 2012 Cape Town Agreement would have additional financial implications for the State, as SAMSA would have to develop procedures for measuring fishing vessels. DIRCO would be required to facilitate the process of filing the ratification instrument with the Secretary General of IMO, after parliament`s approval of ratification.