Objective: To achieve greater and closer cooperation between the Parties in order to maintain the maximum stable productivity of the living resources of the region.
Summary or provisions: Parties undertake to cooperate to achieve optimum yield from the living resources, particularly in the field of research, including programmes for the artificial reproduction of valuable fish species (art. 1).
Institutional mechanism: An International Baltic Sea Fishery Commission is established (art. 5). It is to keep under review the living resources and fisheries of the region by collecting, analysing and disseminating data, to draft proposals to co-ordinate scientific research, and to submit recommendations to the Parties based on scientific research (art. 9). Such recommendations are to concern regulation of fishing gear, size limits of fish, closed seasons or areas, improving and increasing marine resources, total allowable catch and any other measure related to the conservation of these resources (art. 10).
(Source: IUCN ELC, 08.2005, based on UNEP Register of International Treaties and Other Agreements in the Field of the Environment, 1996)