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IX. COMPATIBILITY AND COHERENCE BETWEEN NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONSERVATION MEASURES FOR THE SAME STOCKS

The discussion on this issue was one of the most contentious during the three-week Conference. The major points of discussion were the establishment of global or regional conservation and management regimes for straddling and highly migratory fish stocks and the special rights of coastal States. Other points raised were that obligations should be adjusted or delayed to meet the needs of developing States and that there should be some mechanism to deal with non-contracting parties so that they do not undermine conservation measures.