The Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks was adopted on 10 December 1982. In 2003, the Parties to the Agreement agreed that States shall cooperate, either directly or through sub-regional, regional or global organizations:
- to enhance the ability of developing States, in particular the LDCs and SIDS, to conserve and manage straddling fish stocks and highly migratory fish stocks and to develop their own fisheries for such stocks;
- to assist developing States, in particular the LDCs and SIDS, to enable them to participate in high seas fisheries for such stocks, including facilitating access to such fisheries; and
- to facilitate the participation of developing States in sub-regional and regional fisheries management organizations and arrangements.
Utilization by LDCs:
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