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IN THE CORRIDORS

As of Friday, the contact group on oceans still had not resolved conflicts over Annex II (sustainable fisheries) of the Chair’s report on the Ad Hoc Group on Sectoral Issues. Some observers stressed that there was basic agreement over fundamental issues: the raft of international agreements on sustainable fisheries is significant and welcomed by all; most have been concluded recently and there has not yet been time to fully implement them; and all nations should implement agreements as quickly as possible. Substantial disagreement exists over the role of the CSD vis-�-vis these agreements, with some delegates and NGOs favoring an aggressive role for the CSD in emphasizing individual clauses, particularly regarding bycatch and discards, reduction of overcapacity, and reflagging of fishing vessels. The Chair of the contact group will consolidate delegates’ comments into a draft for discussion.