05/29/2010 - Dozens of governments ended a weeklong review of high seas fisheries agreeing Friday to pursue stronger measures for conserving sharks, tackling overfishing and deterring the effects of climate change.
But the gathering of diplomats, environmentalists and scientists produced little that could toughen enforcement of the 1995 United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement among more than 70 nations and the European Union. The agreement took effect in 2001.
"There's never as many teeth as we would like — some real consequences of non-compliance," said Susan Lieberman, international policy director for the Pew Environment Group in Washington. "But there were some decent recommendations."
Read the full article, UN Fish Stocks Review, on the Canadian Press Web site.