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UN declares 2022 as International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture January 09,2018   |  Source: FAO

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 5 December 2017 approved two observances, both related to fishing and unanimously supported by FAO's member states and invited FAO to serve as lead agency for both.

The annual resolution on sustainable fisheries had the General Assembly proclaiming 5 June as the "International Day for the Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing".

The date reflects the day when the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA) officially entered into force as an international treaty. FAO played the leading role in shepherding the PSMA, the first international treaty drafted in order to sharply curtail forms of illegal fishing that continues to pose a serious threat to the long-term conservation and sustainable use of such resources.

The UN also declared 2022 as the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture, which will help focus attention on the small-scale fishermen and women who comprise 90 per cent of the world's fisheries work force.

UNGA Resolution A/72/L.12, dated 22 November 2017, "proclaims the year beginning on 1 January 2022 the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture, invites the Food and Agriculture Organization
of the United Nations to serve as lead agency for the Year, in

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