Positive UN Resolution

Subject: Positive UN Resolution
From: Laurence and Leanne Knight <>
Date: Thu, 02 Nov 2000 18:05:02 +1000
I don't know if UN resolutions achieve a lot, but this one may prove to
be good news for pelagic birds [note final paragraph] ...

Laurie Knight


United Nations 

General Assembly Plenary - 1a - Press Release GA/9799 44th Meeting (AM)
30 October 2000 

Ending Debate On Law Of Sea, Assembly Urges Effort To Combat Piracy;
Calls For Action On Unauthorized Fishing In National Waters 


The General Assembly this morning, concluded its consideration of its
agenda item on oceans and the law of the sea with the adoption of two
resolutions ?- one on efforts to prevent and combat piracy and armed
robbery at sea; the other on large-scale pelagic drift-net fishing. 


In a recorded vote of 103 in favour to none against, with 44
abstentions, the Assembly adopted a resolution on large-scale pelagic
drift-net fishing, unauthorized fishing in zones of national
jurisdiction and on the high seas, fisheries by-catch and discards, and
other developments. By the text it reaffirmed
the importance it attached to the long-term conservation, management and
sustainable use of marine living resources of the world?s oceans and
seas. (See Annex II.) 

By the resolution, all States were encouraged to implement the
international plans of action of the FAO for reducing the incidental
take of seabirds in longline fisheries, for the conservation and
management of sharks and for the management of fishing capacity. Those
States that had not already done so were urged to reduce by-catch, fish
discards and post-harvest losses.


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