However, fishing vessels and their crews are excluded from almost all international rules on the law of the sea, such as safety certificates or inspections of working conditions, which means that operating practices may go undetected. . States with international port facilities and species-rich waters would be able to better protect productive fish stocks in their waters. IUU fishing operators target waters and harbours that they believe are in poor governance, with the aim of exploiting their natural resources. And when dangerous ships operate near ports, they increase the risk of collisions and grounding – which can require costly search and rescue operations. Ratification and implementation of the TTC would provide a port State with a different route for vessel inspections, improve the safety of vessels operating in its territorial waters and increase the likelihood that it will be able to detect IUU fishing practices. It would also enhance the safety of vessels in their registers and minimize the risk of dangerous, costly and time-consuming incidents to resolve. A regional webinar to ratify and implement the 2012 Cape Town Agreement in Latin America and the Caribbean is currently being organized by IMO in cooperation with the Government of Chile and the Pew Charitable Trusts. It will take place from 23 to 24 November 2020. For States that generally have smaller fleets, technical changes to existing legislation would be limited. . .