Un Fish Stocks Agreement Summary


    to cooperate with FAO to develop a comprehensive global register of fishing vessels containing information on the economic beneficiary; commit to urgently reducing the capacity of global fishing fleets to a level equivalent to the sustainability of fish stocks, while taking into account the legitimate rights of developing countries to develop their fishing activities; The conference negotiations were marked by intensive negotiations between the parties and non-parties to the agreement, as well as discussions on regional and international approaches to fisheries conservation and management. At the end of the week, delegates adopted a final report that included the requirement to incorporate ecosystem considerations into fisheries management; Urgent reduction of global fishing capacity to a level equivalent to the sustainability of fish stocks; Urgently strengthen the mandates of PMOs to implement modern approaches to fisheries; Urgent audits of RFMO performance; the obligation to develop a legally binding instrument for minimum standards for port state measures and a comprehensive register of fishing vessels; Increased aid to developing countries; Continue the dialogue to allay the fears expressed by non-parties. Article 6.3, point b) of the agreement obliges States cooperating through THE ORPs to implement the precautionary approach by defining stock-specific benchmarks on the basis of fishing mortality or stock size and by committing to act in the event of a violation of these benchmarks. Appendix II of the agreement defines how these benchmarks should be defined and calls for the adoption of two species: conservation or limitation, reference points and destination management or reference. all States with a real interest in the fisheries concerned should be able to become members of the ORP; The debates at the conference made it clear that the principles of UNFSA are now defined as rules of the game for the management of migratory stocks, even for most non-parties. Indeed, most non-signatory States have nevertheless formulated their interventions in the language of UNFSA and have been very keen to acknowledge their continuation or serious desire to respect it, regardless of their intention to formally accede to the Agreement. On the other hand, concerted efforts are still needed to improve implementation. This brief analysis will assess the results and missed opportunities of the review conference as part of the dynamics of the negotiations and examine the future of offshore fisheries management. Much remains to be done to develop measures or measures to prevent the landing and transfer of illegally caught fish; and much of the hard work to implement the outcome of the conference should now take place within the ORP, where parties and non-parties may have the best opportunity to resolve their differences and improve the implementation of the agreements.