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Chapter 18. Distributing a Conservation Burden across Multiple Jurisdictions: A Case Study of the Western and Central Pacific Tuna Fisheries

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This chapter studies the mix of interests in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) tropical tuna fisheries in order to better understand how these interests might influence Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)'s ability to adopt conservation measures that will apply conservation burden across multiple jurisdictions. It identifies some interests that may impact on, and complicate, the negotiation, adoption and implementation of conservation and management measures across jurisdictions. Many of the coastal States are home to coastal communities that depend heavily upon living marine resources for food security and employment in artisanal fisheries. A number of States around the world, including many of the cores, have market interest in the fisheries through their consumption of tuna products. The use of high seas closures in mix of measures offers opportunities for the WCPFC to comply with Article 30 and avoid disproportionate transfers of conservation burden onto coastal States.

Keywords: jurisdictions; marine resources; tuna fisheries; WCPFC; WCPO



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