Review Conference on the UN Fish Stocks Agreement, New York, 24 – 28 May 2010
The EU and other fishing nations from around the world met at the United Nations Headquarters in New York last week to assess the progress made in implementing the United Nations Convention on the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks.
They concluded that, despite the progress made on several fronts in the last few years, the status of these fish stocks remains worrying because of overfishing, and stronger action is needed.
The European Union was actively involved in the proceeding and is pleased with their outcome. The EU is confident that an improved implementation of the Agreement will benefit the long-term conservation and management of straddling fish stocks and highly migratory fish stocks. Delegates worked in a positive and constructive climate, and agreed that fisheries and marine ecosystems are better managed within regional organizations and in the general framework of the Agreement. The meeting also included a large number of States which are not parties to the Agreement and several non-governmental organizations.