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LARGE-SCALE PELAGIC DRIFT-NET FISHING AND ITS IMPACT ON THE LIVING MARINE RESOURCES OF THE WORLD"S OCEANS AND SEAS

This draft resolution (A/C.2/49/L.24) was co-sponsored by a number of States including: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and the United States. It was adopted by consensus by the Second Committee on 7 December 1994.

The resolution reaffirms the importance of compliance with Resolution 46/215 of 20 December 1991, which calls for full implementation of a global moratorium on all large-scale pelagic drift-net fishing on the high seas of the world"s oceans and seas, including enclosed seas and semi- enclosed seas. The resolution acknowledges and expresses its appreciation of the measures taken and the substantial progress achieved since 1992 in implementing and supporting Resolution 46/215. Despite the progress made, the resolution expresses further concern that there are reports of continuing conduct and activities inconsistent with the terms of Resolution 46/215, and urges members of the international community to take greater enforcement responsibility to ensure that their nationals and fishing vessels comply with this resolution and impose appropriate sanctions against their nationals and fishing vessels that act contrary to the terms of Resolution 46/215. The final paragraph of the resolution calls on all members of the international community, intergovernmental organizations, regional economic integration organizations and NGOs to provide the Secretary- General with information relevant to the implementation of Resolution 46/215.