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United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement Meeting

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what issues he plans to raise at the United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement meeting in New York on 22 to 26 May. (73395)

The UK played an active role in the preparation of the EU position for this meeting and at the meeting itself. This included looking at the 15 elements chosen for assessing the adequacy and effectiveness of the UN Fish Stock Agreement, and suggesting means of strengthening the substance and methods of the Agreement’s implementation.

In addition, the UK hosted a State meeting at the conference to profile the report of the High Seas Task Force into Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, and presented the UK's action plan for taking forward the report 's recommendations. The event was well attended by representatives of State, NGOs and other interested bodies.