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UN to Start Talks on Protecting High Seas from Overfishing
By Joanna Lentini, August 8, 2017 @ 10:50 AM (EST)
Source: NY Times


Considering over half of the world’s oceans have no jurisdiction, the United Nations is scheduled to start talks early next year on protecting the high seas from overfishing. As things stand now, the high seas are ripe for pillage and the vast biodiversity of life there remains at risk. By setting up marine protected areas on the high seas, the 193-country General Assembly hopes to safeguard against overfishing, mineral extraction, and climate change.

Fishing on the high seas is a multi-billion dollar industry which will have little to no impact on fishermen, while the trawlers of the high seas have hefty bank accounts behind their ventures. Proponents of the treaty would like to see 30% of the high seas protected; however, the United Nations’ goals are currently set at 10%. The treaty talks have had some push back from several countries who would prefer to see regional bodies created. Regardelss of how it is to be structured, it remains to be seen how the UN intends to enforce the new rules.

Read more here.

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