Author: Alexandra Ossola
Representatives of more than 80 nations met at UN headquarters in New York City to begin hashing out a new treaty to govern “the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity” on the international waters of the high seas.
- About 40 percent of commercial fish species spend time on the high seas, where they are caught with few limitations. Experts fear they are being severely depleted.
- Today countries conclude the first round of negotiations at the United Nations in New York City toward a new treaty aimed at conserve biodiversity on the high seas.
- The treaty is expected to be finalized by 2019, at the earliest.
“It’s taken about a decade of work by dedicated governments and the NGO community to get to this point, and we’re all quite happy to see this process moving to the next step,” Elizabeth Wilson, the director of international ocean policy at the nonprofit the Pew Charitable Trusts who is attending the negotiations in New York, told Mongabay. Pew has been involved in the lead up to the negotiations for the past few years.