Regime for the high-seas fisheries

The status and prospects

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This survey of the present status of the regime relating to high-seas fisheries focuses on the legal, institutional and management aspects of problems that have arisen since the conclusion of the 1982 United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea. It discusses means for promoting more effective implementations of the high-seas fisheries regime and proposes some guidelines.




The 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea provides for the exploitation of the living resources of the high seas within a framework that will ensure their effective conservation and management. The proper implementation of these provisions requires a clear understanding of the specific rights and duties of States claiming a right to engage in high-seas fishing. This must start with the recognition that the right to fish on the high seas is subject to the obligations under the Convention in respect of conservation and management of the resource in question and, in the case of straddling stocks and highly migratory species, in respect of the rights, duties and interests of coastal States in whose exclusive economic zones these stocks are also found, as provided for in the Convention.


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