This paper reviews the provisions and efforts to implement the 1946 International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW) and the 1980 Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). It illustrates progress and continuing challenges to stopping the over exploitation of living resources in high seas areas beyond national jurisdictions.
The high seas begin 200 nautical miles from coastal shores, beyond the jurisdiction of any country. Their vast expanse and distance from shore pose challenges for exploration and knowledge gathering. However, scientific expeditions in recent years have revealed that these areas, which make up nearly two-thirds of the world’s ocean, harbor an incredible array of species that provide essential services for life on Earth.
States at the United Nations have begun negotiating a new treaty to strengthen the legal regime for marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. Failure to ensure the full scope of fish biodiversity is covered could result in thousands of species continuing to slip through the cracks of a fragmented global ocean governance framework.
The third session of negotiations on the preservation of marine biodiversity in the high seas, held under a UN Intergovernmental Conference, ended in New York on 30 August. However, negotiations only resulted in a framework for a future treaty.
Fiji continues to stamp its mark on the international stage and this time chairing discussions about the protection of our oceans and marine biodiversity.With the UN Intergovernmental Conference currently underway in New York, Fiji is chair of discussions on a new treaty on marine biodivers
The high seas begin 200 nautical miles from coastal shores, beyond the jurisdiction of any country...scientific expeditions in recent years have revealed that these areas, which make up nearly two-thirds of the world’s ocean, harbor an incredible array of species that provide essential services f
The China Coast Guard dispatched a fleet to conduct a patrol mission in the North Pacific Ocean from July 20 to Aug. 15, the authority said Saturday.The mission aims to strengthen fisheries regulation on the high seas, the authority said.
Delegates were unable to bridge the gaps on issues including: the scope of the instrument; whether benefit-sharing would be carried on a monetary or non-monetary basis; and the overarching principles governing the future international legally binding instrument.
UN treaty negotiations on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) have emphasised the need to be inclusive, and to ensure the proposed new instrument is empowered to improve overall governance of the high seas.