Objectives: To ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of the fish stocks covered by the Convention. Summary of provisions: Part I defines the area to which the Convention applies. Parties agree to apply the precautionary principle in the conservation and use of fish stocks covered by the Convention and ensure that measures established for the high seas and those adopted for areas under national jurisdiction are compatible. Part III deals with the strengthening of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, giving priority to tunas and tuna-like species (art. VII). Amongst other functions, the Commission is to promote the application of, inter alia, any relevant provision of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries adopted by the Food and Agricultural Organisation. Part IV concerns the rights and obligations of the Members of the Commission, Part VI deals with co-operation with other organisations and assistance to developing countries, and Part VIII concerns non-members, which are to be encouraged by the Commission and its Members to become members. Institutional mechanisms: The Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission is maintained. A Committee for the Review of Implementation of Measures Adopted by the Commission is established (art. X), as well as a Scientific Advisory Committee (art. XI). Their functions are set out in Annexes 3 and 4 of the Convention.
Convention for the Strengthening of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission established by the 1949 Convention between the United States of America and the Republic of Costa Rica