Media Note
Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
Washington, DC
April 29, 2013

On April 22, President Obama transmitted to the Senate three treaty actions that will strengthen the management of fisheries on the high seas, protecting the U.S. fishing industry and the marine environment. These treaties are:

• The Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fishery Resources in the South Pacific Ocean;

• The Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fisheries Resources in the North Pacific Ocean; and

• Amendments to the Convention on Future Multilateral Cooperation in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries, to which the United States is already a Party.

These three agreements share a common purpose of ensuring that fishing on the high seas in their respective areas complies with modern international standards and supports U.S. efforts to conserve fish stocks within U.S. waters. The agreements also allow the United States to use its influence to promote sustainable high seas fishing practices and the protection of the marine environment. All three agreements are supported by U.S. industry and conservation groups.

By joining the North Pacific and South Pacific agreements, the United States will provide a pathway for the U.S. fishing industry to obtain access to these fisheries and to promote fishing rules that protect the marine environment. The amendments to the Northwest Atlantic agreement will strengthen the ability of the United States to ensure equitable opportunities for our fishing industry in this high seas area and protect the marine environment.

In order for the United States to join these three agreements, Congress will also need to pass related implementing legislation.

For further information, please contact Susan Ware Harris at 202-647-1247 or