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Managing Deep-sea Fisheries: Some Threshold Questions

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Increasing fishing effort and advances in fishing technology and methods are putting new pressure on deep-sea fisheries. Multilateral efforts to manage the living marine resources over the past fifty years have met with mixed results. This paper examines multilateral approaches and measures adopted in the past decade to manage these resources. It then addresses two threshold questions to be asked in considering multilateral management of deep-sea fisheries: 1) whether new approaches should take the form of binding or non-binding measures, and 2) whether such measures should apply in all marine areas or only on the high seas. It concludes with recommended elements that should be included to maximize the chances of success for managing deep-sea fisheries.


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