Regional Allocation Issues or Zen and the Art of Pie Cutting

13 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2007

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Rosemary G. Rayfuse

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: March 1, 2007

Abstract

Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) have increasingly become the mechanism of choice through which high seas fisheries are to be managed. How these organisations allocate fishing opportunities for the dwindling resources under their jurisdiction is, however, a difficult and often controversial issue. Achieving equitable, scientifically reliable and sustainable allocations as between members and as between members and non-members has serious implications for the operational efficacy and legitimacy of an RFMO and its management regime. This paper examines the allocation practices adopted in RFMOs in the context of the tension between state sovereignty and the development of rules of international law restricting the freedom to fish. It provides suggestions for possible new approaches that may better support both the legal obligation to sustainably manage high seas fisheries and the institutional legitimacy of RFMOs.

Keywords: Regional fisheries management organisations, regional allocation, high seas fisheries

Suggested Citation

Rayfuse, Rosemary G., Regional Allocation Issues or Zen and the Art of Pie Cutting (March 1, 2007). UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2007-10, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=966686 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.966686

Rosemary G. Rayfuse (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

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