KHARTOUM, Sudan’s Ministry of Animal Resources, Pastures and Fisheries has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to participate in the implementation of the Convention on Port State Measures to Reduce Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing in the Red Sea.

The State Minister at the Ministry of Animal Resources, Dr. Jalaluddin Rabih, witnessed the signing of the MoU here Wednesday by the Director of the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Dr. Hammad Shento, and Dr. Baba Ghana Ahmado, the FAO Resident Representative in Sudan.

Dr. Rabih said in a media statement after the signing ceremony that the agreement dealt with Sudan joining the project for the implementation of the convention on measures taken by port states to curb illegal fishing and on control of fisheries as a national wealth as part of efforts to achieve Arab food security.

Dr. Ahmado said the MoU was global in nature in order to address the problems of over-fishing which is a global issue. The FAO is paying great attention to the animal resources sector, especially fish, through development of a clear strategy for marine fisheries and the implementation of technical projects in the fields of the training and capacity-building for modern maritime surveillance programmes to prevent overfishing, he added.

He said the FAO had a long experience in dealing with such projects and was seeking to promote expertise which could contribute to the reduction of the negative phenomena in the field of fisheries and the contribution to the procedures adopted by countries to prevent over-fishing.

He said this is a global project funded by the Kingdom of Sweden amounting to 5.8 million US dollars targeting the countries at the greatest risk of over-fishing.