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PART V - DUTIES OF THE FLAG STATE

ARTICLE 18 - DUTIES OF THE FLAG STATE: This Article addresses the duties of the flag State and measures to ensure that vessels flying its flag comply with subregional and regional conservation and management measures. Negotiations were difficult as the Article covers issues such as inspection, monitoring, control and surveillance. Some of these elements merited special consideration, and were moved to other Articles in the text. This Article is closely linked to enforcement procedures, which include provisions for boarding and inspection.