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supported a legally-binding regime that sets out conservation and management measures for conservation of fish stocks, surveillance and control of fishing practices, an enforcement regime and a model for compulsory, binding dispute settlement. Brazil also expects the establishment of a legally binding instrument to prevent the depletion of straddling and highly migratory fish stocks. Papua New Guinea said there is need for fisheries reform and ecologically sound conservation within EEZs and on the high seas. Options for a legally and politically binding outcome of the fisheries Conference include a global treaty, a protocol to UNCLOS, and/or regulations or norms of conduct implementing UNCLOS once it enters into force. What is needed is political will to accept, implement and be bound by agreements in the high seas regime.