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A Note on the 2000 Convention for the Conservation and Management of Tuna in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean

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Abstract:

This article reviews the potential benefits and shortcomings of the Convention for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean adopted in September 5, 2000, in Hawaii. The research findings rely on a detailed review of the negotiation process and the protracted debates between member states of the Forum Fishery Agency (FFA) and distant water fishing nations. The importance of this Convention for the long-term sustainability of the Pacific tuna stocks is emphasized in light of existing global fisheries instruments and regional mechanisms of cooperation whose limitations are outlined.

Keywords: DWFNS; FORUM FISHERY AGENCY; MHLC; MULTILATERAL HIGH LEVEL CONFERENCE; ON THE CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT OF TUNA IN THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN; PACIFIC ISLAND COUNTRIES; PICS; PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE; TOTAL ALLOWABLE CATCH; WCPO

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00908320252796007

Publication date: January 1, 2002

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