A ten-year review of the implementation of United Nations General Assembly resolutions 61/105, 64/72 and 66/68 on the management of bottom fisheries in areas beyond national jurisdiction
The full report can be found here
(also available in double page version)
2016 is a big year for the deep sea. The DSCC has waged a decade-long campaign to drive robust implementation of the United Nations General Assembly resolutions committing high seas fishing nations to preventing damage to deep-sea ecosystems via a series of well-defined actions.
The passing of these resolutions has marked a critical turning point in our collective attitude to the deep oceans of the high seas and imposed the burden of ‘protection before exploitation’ on fishing nations. It has established a precedent, which could serve the wider oceans cause for decades to come.
In 2016, the UNGA will – for the fourth time – review the implementation of its deep-sea resolutions. It is important that this review results in success. All previous reviews have found serious shortcomings, in spite of which a number of nations continued to authorize their vessels to deep-sea fish on the high seas.