Fisheries Regulation Coming to Waters Beyond the EEZ?

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Photo: The John B a fishing trawler with drum winches at Howth, Dublin, by William Murphy

Bryant’s Maritime Consulting points us to an announcement. 

In its resolution 69/292 of 19 June 2015, the General Assembly decided to develop an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction.

To that end, it decided to establish, prior to holding an intergovernmental conference, a Preparatory Committee, to make substantive recommendations to the General Assembly on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument under UNCLOS, taking into account the various reports of the Co-Chairs on the work of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction.

This raises a number of questions. Who establishes the rules? Who is going to enforce this? How will the enforcer (whoever it may be) deal with uncooperative flag states? If a perpetrator is caught, where will they be jailed? Who will try the crewmembers? The owners? Where wil they serve their sentence?

Considering the lack of success with enforcement of the ban on drift nets and China’s refusal to follow the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s decision regarding the South China Sea, is this just political theater? Or will someone step up and give, what I presume will be an agreement, some teeth?

UN mandates have authorized the use of force in the past. Could maritime law enforcement wear a blue beret?

One thought on “Fisheries Regulation Coming to Waters Beyond the EEZ?

  1. It is difficult to police what we have how could we, the West, cope with more?

    The other thing to consider “international law” isn’t the same as the law within a sovereign state. Within the state, well a Western one, the people police themselves and the government with guns to back them up look after the minority who commit crime. The only state capable of acting like a policeman is the US and up to some point they manage that because the rest of the world doesn’t spend on their military. Look at UN military ventures and how they depend on a handful of nations to do the real work.

    The UN with each passing year becomes a joke organisation. The US could do us all a favour and pull their funding.

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