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Some Suggestions Towards Better Implementation of the United Nations Agreement on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks of 1995

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In light of the upcoming Conference to review implementation of the 1995 United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement (UNFSA), this article: (1) reviews the main contribution of UNFSA to high seas fisheries governance; (2) notes issues that have arisen regarding implementation of UNFSA; and (3) suggests ways these might be addressed. Though the main problems pertain to inadequate implementation of the provisions of UNFSA, the article also addresses two areas that require further attention at the global level within the framework of UNFSA. The first involves discrete high seas fish stocks, particularly deep sea fish stocks and the impacts of destructive fishing practices. The second is the absence within RFMOs of a mechanism for allocation of allowable catches or levels that also takes conservation interests into consideration together with the economic and social interests of states. Specific recommendations for action are summarised in Annex II.


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