Pew Brief for Informal Consultations on the Sustainable Fisheries Resolution

  • September 01, 2010

Oceans are critical to the health of our planet and all its inhabitants. But, by systematically removing targeted species and killing other marine life in large quantities as a result of unintended or unmanaged catch (bycatch), large-scale fishing is throwing complex food webs out of balance in many areas of the oceans and causing other unanticipated consequences.

The annual resolution on Sustainable fisheries, including through the 1995 Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks, and related instruments (Sustainable Fisheries Resolution) offers an opportunity for Member States to take action to ensure the continued viability of fisheries in international waters.

This document sets out some background and history of the wording proposed by the Pew Environment Group for the Sustainable Fisheries Resolution.

Topics: Oceans, Environment