CTA: 4.6 million fishing vessels may not meet world’s growing appetite for fish – IMO

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) says for about 4.6 million fishing vessels in operation globally to meet the world’s growing appetite for fish and fish products is becoming impossible as long as the Cape Town Agreement of 2012 is not in force.

According to IMO, fishing is one of the most dangerous professions in the world, with thousands of fishers estimated to lose their lives every year when working to supply the world’s growing appetite for fish and fish products. There are about 4.6 million fishing vessels in operation around the world.

The CTA, when in force, will contribute to safe, legal and sustainable shipping. The agreement is expected to boost safety standards for more than 64,000 vessels world wide that are 24 metres in length. It is aimed at facilitating better control of fishing vessel safety by flag, port and coastal States.

The CTA is also expected to contribute to the fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing and prevent marine plastic pollution from abandoned fishing nets and other equipment. 

IMO noted that it has been working to increase safety in this sector for many years in partnership with stakeholders such as the International Labour Organization, Pew Charitable Trusts, etc

It maintained that the IMO treaty on training for fishers is in force (STCW-F), but the Cape Town Agreement of 2012 (CTA), the global treaty for safety of fishing vessels, is not yet in force. 

IMO is raising awareness of the 2012 Cape Town Agreement (CTA) to help bring it into force. In 2019, more than 50 States committed to ratify the 2012 Cape Town Agreement by 11 October 2022.

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