The new Convention sets out the rules of trans-zone fisheries in Southern Pacific waters. (Photo: Asipes)
Chile ratified treaty of the South Pacific RFMO
Friday, July 27, 2012, 04:20 (GMT + 9)
The Government of Chile deposited the ratification instrument of the Agreement on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fishery Resources in the South Pacific Ocean at the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This is the international treaty created by the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization, better known as SPRFMO.
This Convention sets out rules for the regulation of trans-zone fisheries on the high seas and the framework for Coastal States and for Distant-Water States to agree on management and conservation measures.
Through a telephone conversation, the Undersecretary of Fisheries, Pablo Galilea, who is in Brussels, expressed his satisfaction with this achievement, since this agreement will contribute to the design of international control mechanisms over the trans-zone fisheries, like the horse mackerel.
"The work we develop together with the Foreign Affairs Office and the Ministry of Economy has paid off today, I am very pleased to have an international instrument to enable the transformation into illegal fishing of those activities at the high seas that are performed without compliance with the rules adopted by this Organization."
This treaty was settled in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2009, after eight rounds of international negotiations, and until yesterday there only remained for a State on the east coast of the South Pacific to ratify the entry into force. That State was Chile.
To date, of the 32 states that participated in the RFMO meetings, ten have ratified it, among which there are six fishing distant-water nations (Belize, Korea, Cuba, the Russian Federation, Faroe Islands and the European Union), three states on the western Pacific coast (Cook Islands, New Zealand and Australia), and a State on the east coast of the Pacific, that is to say, Chile.
With the ratification of Chile, according to the provisions of this international treaty, the Convention shall enter into force 30 days after the eight ratifications are performed, that is to say, on 24 August.
With the Convention into force, the first session of the RFMO Commission will be held in the month of January 2013, an instance where the binding compulsory measures will be adopted for the management of trans-zone fish stocks in the South Pacific, mainly those measures benefitting the horse mackerel.