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The Convention on the Conservation and Management of the Pollock Resources in the Central Bering Sea

Brief Description

Signed:    16 June 1994 in Washington D.C.

Signatory Parties:  People’s Republic of China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of Poland, the Russian Federation, and the United States of America

Effective Date:  8 December 1995

Convention Area:  High seas of the Bering Sea beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines from which the breath of the territorial sea of the coastal States of the Bering Sea is measured.

Objectives of the Convention:

The objectives of this Convention shall be:

1.         to establish an international regime for conservation, management,
           and optimum utilization of Pollock resources in the Convention area;
2.         to restore and maintain the Pollock resources in the Bering Sea at
            levels which will permit their maximum sustainable yield;
3.         to cooperate in the gathering and examining of factual information
            concerning Pollock and other living marine resources in the Bering
            Sea; and
4.         to provide, if the Parties agree, a forum in which to consider the
            establishment of necessary conservation and management
            measures for living marine resources other than Pollock in the
            Convention Area as may be required in the future.

The first Annual Conference of the Parties was held in Moscow in November 1996 and every year since then; on a rotating venue of each of the six Parties to the Convention.

The agenda of the Annual Conferences addresses items for conservation and management of Pollock resources in the Central Bering Sea.  Since the establishment of the Convention, the Pollock resources in the Convention Area have been below the level that would have triggered an establishment of an Annual Harvest Level for the Convention Area as defined by terms of the Convention. 

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The Convention (Full Text)




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