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Convention for the Strengthening of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission established by the 1949 Convention between the United States of America and the Republic of Costa Rica

Document type
Field of application
Jun 27, 2003
IUCN (ID: TRE-001378)
Title (Spanish)

Convención para el fortalecimiento de la Comisión Interamericana de Atún Tropical establecida por la Convención de 1949 entre los Estados Unidos de América y la República de Costa Rica

Place of adoption
Washington D.C.
United States of America
English, French, Spanish
Entry into force
Oct 10, 2008
Sea, Fisheries
Ecosystem preservation Endangered species Education Sustainable use Technology transfer Marine resources management Precautionary principle Data collection/reporting Fishery management and conservation Research Protection of species Access-to-information Monitoring Total allowable catch Registration Enforcement/compliance Dispute settlement NGO EIA Institution Marine fisheries Offences/penalties

Objectives: To ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of the fish stocks covered by the Convention. Summary of provisions: Part I defines the area to which the Convention applies. Parties agree to apply the precautionary principle in the conservation and use of fish stocks covered by the Convention and ensure that measures established for the high seas and those adopted for areas under national jurisdiction are compatible. Part III deals with the strengthening of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, giving priority to tunas and tuna-like species (art. VII). Amongst other functions, the Commission is to promote the application of, inter alia, any relevant provision of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries adopted by the Food and Agricultural Organisation. Part IV concerns the rights and obligations of the Members of the Commission, Part VI deals with co-operation with other organisations and assistance to developing countries, and Part VIII concerns non-members, which are to be encouraged by the Commission and its Members to become members. Institutional mechanisms: The Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission is maintained. A Committee for the Review of Implementation of Measures Adopted by the Commission is established (art. X), as well as a Scientific Advisory Committee (art. XI). Their functions are set out in Annexes 3 and 4 of the Convention.

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