Objectives: To co-ordinate efforts to conserve anadromous stocks in the North Pacific Ocean. Summary of provisions: The Convention applies to the waters of the North Pacific Ocean and its adjacent seas beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured. The term 'anadromous stocks' is defined in article II, and Part I of the Annex lists anadromous species. Article III of the Conventio prohibits fishing of anadromous fish and retention of incidental takes, which are to be minimised to the maximum extent possible. Parties undertake to penalise trafficking in anadromous fish and to encourage States not party to the Convention to followits rules, with a view to furthering the attainment of its objectives (art. IV). The mutual compliance mechanism set down in article V is not compulsory for the Parties to enforce, albeit submission to it is. Parties further agree to exchange all information relating to anadromous stocks and fishing (art. VI) and to co-operate in the conduct of scientific research for the purpose of the conservation of anadromous stocks, including research on other ecologically related species (art. VII). Institutional mechanisms: The North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission is established with a view to promoting conservation of anadromous stocks in the area to which the Convention applies (art. VIII). An Executive Director is to be appointed by the Commission to oversee the work of the established Secretariat (art. X).
Convention for the Conservation of Anadromous Stocks