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Regional fisheries management organizations and the new biodiversity agreement: challenge or opportunity?

Haas, B, Haward, M ORCID: 0000-0003-4775-0864, McGee, J ORCID: 0000-0002-2093-5896 and Fleming, A ORCID: 0000-0001-9895-1928 2020 , 'Regional fisheries management organizations and the new biodiversity agreement: challenge or opportunity?' , Fish and Fisheries , pp. 1-6 , doi: 10.1111/faf.12511.

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In 2018, the international community began formal intergovernmental negotiations over a new legally binding instrument for the protection of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction. Protecting marine biodiversity is imperative for a sustainable future, and all the different organizations and agreements will have to work together to achieve this common goal. One of the first key principles to be agreed was to “not undermine” the existing legal instruments or mandates of regional and sectoral marine governance organizations. While fisheries are not being discussed during the negotiations, a marine biodiversity agreement is likely to still impact regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs), due to overlapping areas of interest. This article aims to firstly, assess the potential constraints posed by the commitment to “not undermine”; secondly, consider how aspects of the biodiversity agreement, such as area‐based management and environmental impact assessments, might enhance RFMOs; and thirdly, suggest meaningful ways to ensure cooperation between RFMOs and the marine biodiversity agreement.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Haas, B and Haward, M and McGee, J and Fleming, A
Keywords: regional fisheries governance, biodiversity, areas beyond national jurisidiction
Journal or Publication Title: Fish and Fisheries
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
ISSN: 1467-2960
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/faf.12511
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Copyright 2020 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

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