Straddling Fish Stocks Agreement
Formerly the United Nations 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


The Fish Stocks Agreement sets out principles for the conservation and management of those fish stocks and establishes that such management must be based on the precautionary approach and the best available scientific information. The Agreement elaborates on the fundamental principle, established in the Convention, that States should cooperate to ensure conservation and promote the objective of the optimum utilization of fisheries resources both within and beyond the exclusive economic zone.

It addresses in particular the problems identified in Chapter 17, Programme Area C, of Agenda 21 adopted by the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, namely, that the management of high seas  is inadequate in many areas and that some resources are over-utilized.



UN General Assembly
Date / journal vol no.
4 August 1995