The Cape Town Agreement features mandatory safety measures for fishing vessels of 24 meters in length and longer, and is seen as a “key tool” in combating IUU fishing. The IMO Secretary-General said the Cape Town Agreement will be a “significant contribution to the long-term sustainability of the fishing industry” and called for bringing the Agreement into force as soon as possible. 23 October 2019: Forty-eight States committed to ratify the 2012 Cape Town Agreement on fishing vessel safety at the Torremolinos Ministerial Conference on Fishing Vessel Safety and Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing. In the Torremolino Declaration, States pledged to promote the Cape Town Agreement and work to eliminate IUU fishing. Representatives from 120 countries attended the Ministerial Conference, which convened from 21-23 October in Torremolinos, Spain. Participants included 70 ministerial-level representatives and 30 international organization representatives, making the event one of the largest fishing vessel conferences in the history of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). IMO organized the Conference with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the...