Fish Stocks Assistance Fund

Assistance Fund under Part VII of 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

Eligibility for Assistance

Assistance may be provided to a developing State Party to UNCLOS and to the 1995 Fish Stocks Agreement or a regional or sub-regional organization applying on behalf of such developing State. 


A complete application must be received at least one month prior to the beginning of the meeting or program that assistance is requested for - no exceptions will be made. A completed application consists of: 

  1. An official communication, such as letter or Note Verbale, from a government entity requesting assistance;

  2. A completed application form; and

  3. For travel related assistance: copy of the biodata page of the passport, and a copy of relevant visa(s), including transit visas as may be required.


Assistance may be provided from the Trust Fund for the following: 

  1. UN purchased economy-class roundtrip ticket to attend relevant regional and international meetings;

  2. UN Daily subsistence allowance (DSA) to facilitate living expenses;

  3. Establishing new regional and sub-regional fisheries organization;

  4. Building capacity for activities in key areas such as effective exercise of flag State responsibilities, monitoring, control and surveillance, data collection and scientific research;

  5. Facilitating exchange of information and experience on the implementation of the Agreement; and

  6. Proceedings for the settlement of disputes between States Parties concerning the interpretation or application of the Agreement.

Note: the United Nations will make arrangements for travel funded under this Trust Fund, and in all cases assistance will be provided for travel in economy class airfare which follows the most cost-effective route, arriving the day before the proceedings and departing the evening of the last day of the proceedings, or the following day if necessary for travel-related reasons.


Created by the General Assembly Resolution 58/14 which established an “Assistance Fund under Part VII of the Agreement” to assist developing States in implementing the Agreement.