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This website identifies provisions in 124 international instruments that are of relevance to fisheries in general, and to small-scale fishworkers, in particular. More specifically it provides:

  • Information, updated on a regular basis, on 124 international legal instruments, classified into seven themes;
  • Full texts of these instruments, including decisions of bodies, such as Conference of Parties (COPs), responsible for taking decisions and monitoring the implementation of these instruments.
  • A section on relevance of each instrument to small-scale fisheries, identifying key articles in the text of the instrument
  • A powerful search function, that searches across all the 124 legal instruments on this site, by keyword.
  • Facility to download updates of information on this site to the CD-ROM on "International Legal Instruments Relevant to Fisheries and Fishing Communities".

1. Human Rights, Food Security, Women and Development (Updated Optional Protocol for IESCR)
2. Environment and Sustainable Development
3. Oceans and Fisheries Management  (Updated)
4. Environmental Pollution
5. Fishing Vessels and Safety at Sea
6. Labour  (Updated )
7. Trade


• 24-28 Aug: Technical consultation to draft a legally-binding instrument on port State measures to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing

• 15-18 July: 29th meeting of the Open-ended working group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that deplete the ozone layer

• 13-17 July: Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC)

• 22-26 Jun:Meeting of States Parties to the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea


• Climate change talks mustn't forget fisheries

• Economic development must not be at expense of indigenous rights, UN forum chief

• U.N.'s Ban Says Climate Change Pace "Alarming"

• The Republic of Maldives becomes 183rd ILO member State

• Proper ship breaking: a test for globalization and decent work

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