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Call For Sustainable Use Of Ocean Resources

Oceans and fisheries are at the very heart of the shared identity of the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS). Speaking on behalf of the PSIDS, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to
12 Dec 2014 10:38
Call For Sustainable Use Of Ocean Resources

Oceans and fisheries are at the very heart of the shared identity of the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS).

Speaking on behalf of the PSIDS, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), Ambassador Peter Thomson called on the adoption of General Assembly resolutions on Oceans and the Law of the Sea, and on Sustainable Fisheries.

He said the PSIDS were deeply concerned about overfishing of oceans and seas, as well as illegal unreported and unregulated fishing, marine pollution, the destruction of marine habitats, and ocean acidification.

“These negative developments were gravely compromising the resilience and productivity of our oceans,” he said.

The PSIDS, he said, were expecting the forthcoming preparatory work on the Post-2015 Development Agenda to reinforce the need for a stand-alone development goal on oceans and seas.   “The PSIDS foresee this stand-alone goal as critical to restoring the health, resilience and productivity of our oceans and seas, by reducing the incidence and impact of marine pollution, effectively regulating harvesting, and ending illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU), and destructive fishing practices, as well as conserving coastal and marine areas.”

He told the General Assembly of the disappointment of PSIDS that at last week’s meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in Samoa, distant-water fishing nations once again failed to support appropriate measures to reduce the overfishing of tuna.

While PSIDS were working on the application of the precautionary approach in fisheries and were using both target and limit reference points in the management of fish-stocks, distant-water fishing nations once again failed to support appropriate measures at the Commission to reduce the overfishing of tuna.

Mr Thomson said: “Addressing threats from the overcapacity of fishing fleets, from inadequate enforcement, and from the unsustainable use and management of marine resources” were priorities for the PSIDS.

Reflecting on the past twenty years, he said the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea had brought vast maritime expanses under international jurisdiction, along with the oceanic resources therein, and that these were fundamental to our survival.

He said it was a matter of pride for the PSIDS that all of them are State parties to the convention.

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