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18th Apr 13Managed by Chatham House
Financed by DEFRA
'Oceans and the Law of the Sea'; 'Sustainable Fisheries': Texts Adopted
Following an extensive debate on oceans and the law of the sea, the General Assembly adopted two wide-ranging resolutions meant to guide States in preserving ocean health and outline ways to combat rogue fishing practices that continued to threaten fish stocks and marine habitats around the world.
By an overwhelming vote, the Assembly adopted a resolution on oceans and the law of the sea, in which it expressed deep concern at the destruction of marine habitats that might result from land-based and coastal development activities. Among other things, it recognised that realising the benefits of the Convention on the Law of the Sea could be enhanced by international cooperation, technical assistance and advanced scientific knowledge.
A second text on sustainable fisheries, adopted by consensus, deplored the fact that fish stocks were either overfished or subject to sparsely regulated fishing efforts, as a result of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and inadequate flag State control. It also recognised the need for States - individually and through regional fisheries management organizations - to implement effective port State measures, and the importance of applying €ecosystem approaches€ to the management of human activities in the ocean.
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