The European Union wishes to improve fishery agreements concluded with third countries,
particularly developing coastal states, through the concept of partnership
agreements. These accords aim to promote responsible and sustainable fishing in the interests of all
concerned. This requires that resources and ecosystems are monitored on the basis of the best
available information and exploited at levels compatible with their conservation. This also involves
developing data and resource management training programmes with third-party coastal states.
ISTAM will work closely with developing coastal states, and in connections with the UN’s Food and Agriculture
Organisation (FAO) and regional organisations, to develop training systems that strengthen the basis for fishery
assessment, management and conservation.