Today, observers say the agreement has now been moved on. Mr Lim called on countries to adopt the agreement on improving maritime security and to contribute to the prevention of illegal fishing. In 1977, delegates adopted the first international treaty on the safety of fishing vessels in Torremolinos, the follow-up protocol of which was adopted in 1993. This agreement did not enter into force. IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim said that more than 40 years later, the world had returned to Torremolinos to commit to the agreement`s entry into force. Lim welcomed the “broader consensus of the 2019 conference on the urgent need for the Cape Town Agreement to enter into force,” and stressed that it would be a “significant contribution to the long-term sustainability of the fishing industry.” He called for the agreement to be put into force as soon as possible. The entry into force of the CTA would provide states with an effective instrument to ensure that ships flying their flags are held accountable for the safety of their crews; fishing activities are conducted safely and legally; and that their security obligations are fulfilled as responsible flag states. It would encourage ship operators to take a responsible approach to activity that is inherently dangerous. And it would also help states protect their citizens who work on foreign-flagged vessels and reduce the risk of INN fish entering their markets.
More than 40 years after the adoption of the world`s first treaty on the safety of fishing vessels in Torremolinos, representatives have returned to Torremolinos. This agreement did not enter into force, nor did a 1993 follow-up protocol. The 2012 Cape Town Agreement addressed the technical issues that prevented the treaty from entering into force. The Cape Town agreement follows a handful of other international fisheries agreements that have gained ground in recent years. Thirteen countries have ratified the agreement: Belgium, Congo, cook Islands, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, St. Christopher and Nevis, Sao Tome and Principe, South Africa and Spain. Two of them, Cook Islands and Sao Tome and Principe, submitted their official ratification letters to the Torremolinos Conference.