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The Straddling Stocks Agreement of 1995

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On August 1995 the UN Conference on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks, at its sixth session, adopted without a vote the text of the Agreement for the Implementation of the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks. The title is often shortened to ?the Straddling Stocks Agreement?. Freedom of fishing was one of the freedoms of the high seas under customary law. According to the Rules of Procedure of the Conference, it was to attempt to work by way of general agreement or consensus. As at the Third LOS Conference, only when all efforts to reach consensus had been exhausted could there be recourse to voting. The Agreement consists of 50 articles, and is divided into 13 parts, plus two annexes.

Keywords: customary law; high seas; Highly Migratory Fish Stocks; Straddling Stocks Agreement; third LOS Conference



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