FAO Liaison Office with the United Nations in New York

FAO at the Informal Consultations of State Parties to the UN Fish Stocks Agreement (UNFSA)

Hybrid Event, 17/05/2022 - 19/05/2022

The UN will hold the Fifteenth round of Informal Consultations of States Parties to the UN Fish Stocks Agreement, focusing on "Implementation of an ecosystem approach to fisheries management", from 17 to 19 May.

Vera Agostini, Deputy Director of FAO's Fisheries and Aquaculture Department and Nicola Ferri, GFCM Legal and Institutional Officer will participate in the consultations.

About the UNFSA
The 1995 United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement (UNFSA) took effect in 2001. It was initiated as a response to a fisheries management crisis involving a class of transboundary fishery resources. These fish stocks were found both within the coastal State’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and the adjacent high seas. While much of the threat resulted from overfishing and the prevalence of “illegal, unreported and unregulated” (IUU) fishing, the root cause of the crisis was linked to inconsistencies within the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). This gave rise to the development of the UNFSA.

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