Oceans - International


American Bar Association
Standing Committee on Environmental Law
Section of Business Law
Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
Section of International Law
Section of Science and Technology Law
Young Lawyers Division

RESOLVED , that the American Bar Association urges the United States Government to continue and enhance efforts to play a leadership role in the development and implementation of international initiatives to protect the world's marine ecosystems and ensure the ecologically sustainable use and development of the world's marine resources, emphasizing good stewardship, ecosystem-based management, preservation of biodiversity, use of best available science, and international responsibility, including by:

  1. Ratifying the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Law of the Sea, Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, Annex VI (air pollution);
  2. Encouraging other countries to ratify both the 1995 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 and the 1993 Agreement to Promote Compliance with International Conservation and Management Measures by Fishing Vessels on the High Sea, and actively promoting effective international implementation of the UN FAO’s Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and regional plans of action in which the United States participates;
  3. Reviewing and updating regional and bilateral fishery agreements to which the United States is a party, and amending and initiating, as appropriate, international agreements to address critical concerns not yet adequately addressed;
  4. Ensuring trade and oceans-related objectives, agreements, policies and practices are mutually supportive; and
  5. Increasing United States funding and technical assistance to build scientific and management capacity in developing nations.

  Adopted by the ABA House of Delegates, August 8, 2005, Chicago, IL.

For a copy of the complete report, contact Carrie Coleman at scel@staff.abanet.org .