Torremolinos Declaration On The Cape Town Agreement Of 2012
In accordance with Article 2, paragraph 1 of the Treaty, the Council should therefore authorise Member States to authorise Member States to have fishing vessels flying their flags, which fall within the scope of the agreement and operate in their inland waters or in their coastal waters, or which sign and ratify catches in their port or in the interest of the Union. However, in order to ensure the current level of security of Directive 97/70/EC, Member States should, when signing the agreement and tabling their instruments of ratification or accession, make a declaration stating that the exemptions from Chapter 1, Chapter 1 of the Annex of the Agreement, do not apply to annual surveys or a common fishing area or exclusive economic zone. In addition, it should be noted in this statement that fishing vessels from third countries with a length of 24 metres, more than 24 metres in length and above the origins in the territorial or internal waters of the Member States or in their ports are subject to the safety standards of Directive 97/70/EC and that the derogations under Regulation 3, paragraph 3, Chapter 3 of the Annex of the Agreement apply to fishing vessels from third countries, the 2012 Cape Town Agreement (CTA), adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which does not contain other provisions relating to the protection of crews and observers and the equal conditions of competition 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. Forty-eight states have signed the Torremolinos Declaration and have publicly expressed their determination to ensure that the 2012 Cape Town Agreement on the Safety of Fishing Vessels enters into force until the tenth anniversary of its adoption (October 11, 2022). At the end of the conference, IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim noted that IMO had returned to Torremolinos to complete the efforts begun more than 40 years ago, when the first global treaty to combat the safety of fishing vessels was adopted in Torremolinos in 1977 (it did not come into force).