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Philippines ratifies UN fish stocks agreement

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The Philippines has ratified the United Nations convention for the conservation and management of straddling and highly migratory fish stocks.

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Over 80 countries are currently parties to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks, Minda News reports.

The agreement shall enter into force for the Philippines on October 24, the country’s foreign affairs secretary Albert Del Rosario reportedly said.

According to Minda News, General Santos City, which it says is known the “tuna capital of the Philippines,” has been pushing for conservation measures both in domestic and international waters to protect and ensure the sustainability of the tuna industry. Tuna canneries are based in General Santos, as well as fishing companies and other allied industries.

Known as as the fish stocks agreement, the treaty outlines principles for the conservation and management of those fish stocks and establishes that such management must be based on the precautionary approach and the best available scientific information.

It also elaborates on the fundamental principle established in UNCLOS that states should cooperate to ensure conservation and promote the objective of the optimum utilization of fisheries resources both within and beyond the exclusive economic zone.

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