Statement made by: International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF).
Made at: The Ninth Round of Informal Consultations of States Parties to 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. 16-17 March 2010. United Nations, New York
The objective of the UN Fish Stocks Agreement is to ensure not only the long-term conservation of straddling fish stocks and highly migratory fish stocks but also their sustainable use.
An estimated two million small-scale and artisanal fishers worldwide, mainly from developing countries, including small island developing States, are fully or partially dependent on straddling fish stocks and highly migratory fish stocks for their life and livelihood, employing selective, environmentally safe, energy-saving, and cost-effective fishing gear and techniques. Access to these stocks is important for their poverty alleviation and food security. Considering these factors it is surprising that there is hardly any substantive reference made to small-scale and artisanal fisheries in the document A/Conf.210/2010/1.
The distinguished delegations did not express interest in opening up agenda item 6 (b) for discussion during yesterday’s deliberations, but we would nevertheless request the following issues to be considered under this agenda item for discussion at the resumed Review Conference to assess the effectiveness of this Agreement and to strengthen is substance: