Nearly 43 percent of the globe is covered by the ‘high seas’ — the area of ocean that is outside national jurisdictions.
This vast swath of ocean has limited fisheries regulations, and fish are caught in international waters with few limits.
But today marks the conclusion on the first round of a UN treaty, which looked at “the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity” — and it could mark the beginning of the end of unregulated fishing on the high seas.
The news website Mongabay looked into the issue of regulation as well as the recent negotiations, and interviewed Daniel Pauly in the process. Click here to read that story.