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South Pacific Ocean: Fisheries Convention

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Monday, 19 April 2010

South Pacific Ocean: Fisheries Convention

In 2006, the governments of Australia, Chile and New Zealand took the initiative to launch the process of International Consultations on the establishment of South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO). The purpose of the Consultations was to cooperate in addressing the gap in the international conservation and management of nonhighly migratory fisheries and protection of biodiversity in the marine environment in high seas areas of the South Pacific Ocean, consistent with international law and best practice. The European Union has fishing interests in the South Pacific and is therefore obliged, under the terms of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, to cooperate with other interested parties in the management and conservation of the region's resources. The Union has participated in this process from the start and has played an active and constructive role. The text of the Convention was agreed in November 2009 and has been open for signature since 1 February 2010. It is advisable for the Union to sign the Convention in the very near future in order to show leadership and strong support for the establishment of this RFMO. Attached is the  Proposal for a Council Decision on the signature, on behalf of the European Union, of the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fishery Resources in the South Pacific Ocean.

Source: European Commission