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Regional fisheries management organizations and the new biodiversity agreement: challenge or opportunity?


Haas, B and Haward, M and McGee, J and Fleming, A, Regional fisheries management organizations and the new biodiversity agreement: challenge or opportunity?, Fish and Fisheries, 22, (1) pp. 226-231. ISSN 1467-2960 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/faf.12511


In 2018, the international community began formal intergovernmental negotiations over a new legally binding instrument for the protection of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction. Protecting marine biodiversity is imperative for a sustainable future, and all the different organizations and agreements will have to work together to achieve this common goal. One of the first key principles to be agreed was to "not undermine" the existing legal instruments or mandates of regional and sectoral marine governance organizations. While fisheries are not being discussed during the negotiations, a marine biodiversity agreement is likely to still impact regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs), due to overlapping areas of interest. This article aims to firstly, assess the potential constraints posed by the commitment to "not undermine"; secondly, consider how aspects of the biodiversity agreement, such as area‐based management and environmental impact assessments, might enhance RFMOs; and thirdly, suggest meaningful ways to ensure cooperation between RFMOs and the marine biodiversity agreement.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:regional fisheries governance, biodiversity, areas beyond national jurisidiction
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:International relations
Objective Field:International relations not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Haas, B (Miss Bianca Haas)
UTAS Author:Haward, M (Professor Marcus Haward)
UTAS Author:McGee, J (Associate Professor Jeffrey McGee)
UTAS Author:Fleming, A (Dr Aysha Fleming)
ID Code:141073
Year Published:2021 (online first 2020)
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Office of the Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2020-09-23
Last Modified:2021-06-23
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