Chile to sign up to UN fish stocks agreement

The government of Chile announced it entered into the United Nations accord on conservation and management of straddling fish stocks and highly migratory fish stocks (the so-called 1995 UN Fish Stocks Agreement).

The agreement aims at ensuring the long-term wellbeing of species like mackerel, tuna or swordfish through an international regulation that should strengthen regional fishing organizations.

“Chile’s decision is a confirmation of how we have assumed the international law into our law of the sea. All principles regarding the environment and precautions inspired in this agreement are recognized by our new fishing law,” said Paolo Trejo, deputy secretary for fishing and aquaculture affairs.

Chilean Foreign Affairs minister Heraldo Munoz said the government was happy to work on international policies regarding ocean conservation and sustainability, particularly fighting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Chile will be the only Latin American country to participate in US-hosted conference ‘Our Ocean’ on June 16-17 in Washington, which seeks to promote a global movement in favour of the marine environment protection.

Chile’s secretary for fishing affairs and aquaculture issued a note saying that the signature of the 1995 UN Fish Stocks Agreement will improve the Chilean fishing industry’s international image as a responsible industry.

It will allow Chile to have a voice over global fishing policies issued by the UN, and their interpretation. Also, Chile will be able to implement stricter measures against foreign fishing companies working in areas of national interest.

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