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UN Fish Stocks Agreement

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The 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 (UN Fish Stocks Agreement) entered into force on 11 December 2001.

The UN Fish Stocks Agreement aims to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of straddling and highly migratory fish stocks within the framework of UNCLOS.

The Agreement also spells out the duties of flag States including those related to registration and records of vessels, authorisations, MCS and compliance and enforcement.

Cooperation in international, regional and sub-regional enforcement is also addessed, along with boarding and inspection procedures and port State measures. The Agreement is available here.