Sustainable Fisheries: The Legal Regime of the 1995 United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement and Its Contribution to Subsequent Developments Promoting Sustainable Fisheries

In: Legal Order in the World's Oceans

The United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement (unfsa) was adopted in 1995 to promote effective implementation of the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on straddling fish stocks and highly migratory fish stocks. The Agreement incorporates a combination of implementing rules: (a) rules recalling those already provided in unclos; (b) rules aimed at complementing the general provisions set out in the Convention; and (c) rules presenting a significant development in relation to rules contained in unclos. The unfsa legal regime has subsequently served as the basis for inspiring new developments to promote sustainable fisheries in high seas governance, while it has gained at the same time acceptance from an increasing number of States. These developments have led to the adoption of new international instruments promoting sustainable fisheries as well as initiatives emphasizing the central role of regional fisheries management organizations and arrangements (rfmo/as) as mechanisms for subregional and regional cooperation in high seas fisheries conservation and management.

Legal Order in the World's Oceans

UN Convention on the Law of the Sea

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