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UN DOALOS UN Fish Stocks Agreement Review Conference
UN Headquarters, New York | 22-26 May 2006
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Review Conference Addresses Cooperation and Non-Members

On Tuesday, 23 May 2006, the Review Conference of the UN Fish Stocks Agreement (UNFSA or the Agreement) reviewed and assessed implementation of the Agreement's provisions on mechanisms for international cooperation and non-members. The drafting committee met twice, in the afternoon and in the evening, to complete discussions on conservation and management.


Tuesday, 23 May
Plenary

Carmen Paz Martí, Spain, suggested referring to the example of international cooperation in other marine biodiversity conservation activities, and highlighted the value of the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels.

Lori Ridgeway, Canada, called for concerted international action to address fishing vessels operating under flags of convenience, and urged the Conference to endorse strong sanctions to address non-compliant behavior.

Nigel Fyfe, New Zealand, suggested that performance indicators for RFMOs be developed, self-assessments and independent reviews be undertaken, and results and remedies be reported to a future review conference.

Jens Peter Prothmann, Namibia, urged all relevant States' full participation in RFMO activities.

Narmoko Prasmadji, Indonesia, noted that developing countries' active participation in RFMOs would contribute to strengthening the realization of RFMO commitments.

William Gibbons-Fly, US, underscored the need for an independent and external review of RFMO performance based on a uniform set of criteria, and called upon the Conference to provide specific guidance in this regard.

Tomas Heidar, Iceland, noted the problem of fishing States' failure to agree on conservation and management measures such as total allowable catch, and said that members of each RFMO should decide on measures for RFMO performance reviews.

Sainivalati Navoti, Fiji, called for uniform standards of data collection, reporting and exchange, and minimum standards for responsible fishing, urging cooperating non-members of RFMOs to become members.

Colombia called for mechanisms to allocate participation rights fairly and sustainably, and emphasized that unfair allocation of participation rights is a disincentive to non-members joining UNFSA and a major barrier to achieving universal acceptance of the Agreement.

Mario Aguilar, Mexico, called upon RFMOs to ensure the protection of non-target species and emphasized the need to move from single-species to ecosystem-based management.

Alastair Graham, WWF, called for a single delivery mechanism for all international obligations related to marine living resources.

Duncan Currie, Greenpeace, called for a new UNCLOS implementation agreement on the precautionary principle, the ecosystem approach and prior environmental impact assessment, and an agency to coordinate international action to combat IUU fishing.
Drafting Committee

During an afternoon session, the drafting committee discussed proposed means of strengthening the implementation of the Agreement's provisions on the conservation and management of fish stocks. Delegates further discussed the need to address discrete high seas stocks, and measures relating to the management of marine protected areas. Informal drafting continued in the afternoon, and revised draft text was circulated in the drafting committee in the evening. Discussions continued into the night, with the committee scheduled to commence consideration of text on international cooperation and non-members on Wednesday morning.
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Related Links

ENB coverage of the 1995 Conference on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Stocks.
UN Division for Oceans Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS).
Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.
Report of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) - Chapter 17.

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