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1946: Convention For The Regulation Of The Meshes Of Fishing Nets And The Size Limits Of Fish

Related Lineage is: Northeast Atlantic Fisheries
  Provision  First Coders Codes  Second Coders Codes 
Titl.1  Convention For The Regulation Of The Meshes Of Fishing Nets And The Size Limits Of Fish  TITL  TITL 
Src.1  Source: http://www.oceanlaw.net/texts/mesh.htm  SRC  SRC 
Part.1  PART 1 EXTENT OF THE CONVENTION     
Art.1  Article 1  SCOP  SCOP 
Art.1.1x  The area to which this Convention applies shall be all waters which are situated within those parts of the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans and their dependent seas which lie north of 48 degrees north latitude and between 42 degrees west longitude and 32 degrees east longitude, but excluding the Baltic Sea and Belts lying to the south and east of lines drawn from Hasenore Head to Gniben Point from Korshage to Spodsbierg and from Gilbierg Head to the Kullen.     
Art.2  Article 2     
Art.2.1x  Nothing in the present Convention shall be deemed to diminish the exclusive rights of vessels registered or owned in the territory of each Contracting Government to fish in waters where that Contracting Government has exclusive jurisdiction over fisheries.  SOVR  SOVR 
Art.3  Article 3     
Art.3.1x  Nothing in this Convention shall be deemed to prejudice the claims of any Contracting Government in regard to the limits of territorial waters.  SOVR  SOVR 
Part.2  PART II REGULATION OF THE MESHES OF FISHING NETS AND THE SIZE LIMITS OF FISH     
Art.4  Article 4  SCOP  SCOP 
Art.4.1x  Subject to the provisions of Articles 8, 10 and 16(2), the provisions of this Convention shall apply to all vessels of any Contracting Government either when they are operating in the waters where that Contracting Government has exclusive jurisdiction over fisheries, or when they are operating outside such waters.     
Art.5  Article 5  SUBS  SUBS 
Art.5.1x  No vessel shall carry on board or use any trawl, seine, or other net towed or hauled at or near the bottom of the sea, which has in any part of the net meshes of dimensions less than those specified in Annex 1 to this Convention.  ATTACH  ATTACH 
Art.6  Article 6  SUBS  SUBS 
Art.6.1x  Notwithstanding the provisions of Article 5, vessels fishing for mackerel, clupeoid fishes, sand eels (Ammodytes) Norway pout (Gadus esmarkii), smelts, eels, great weevers (Trachinus draco), shrimps, prawns, nephrops or molluscs, may carry on board and use nets having meshes of dimensions less than those so specified: provided that      
Art.6.1x.a  (a) any fishing instruments used by such vessels for the capture of any of the fish described in this Article shall not be used for the purpose of capturing other kinds of fish; and     
Art.6.1x.b  (b) any fish in excess of the percentages set out in Annex III to this Convention, of the species set out in Annex II to this Convention, which may be captured by such instruments and which are of less than the minimum sizes prescribed in Annex II to this Convention shall be returned to the sea immediately after capture; and  ATTACH  ATTACH 
Art.6.1x.c  (c) provided that in the period from 1st June, 1963 to 1st June, 1966, no nets having in the cod-end meshes of dimensions between 50 mm (irrespective of material used) and the minimum sizes specified in Annex. I shall be carried or used by vessels in the waters of that part of the Convention area defined in that paragraph, except-  ATTACH  ATTACH 
Art.6.1x.c.i  (i) those waters to the south and west of the following lines: a line drawn due west from the Mull of Galloway along 54o 38' north latitude, and a line drawn from France to England along 2o west longitude;     
Art.6.1x.c.ii  (ii) those waters cast of a line drawn from Hanstholm to Lindesnes.     
Art.7  Article 7  SUBS  SUBS 
Art.7.1  (1) No vessel while operating shall use any device by means of which the mesh in any part of a fishing net to which Article 5 of this Convention applies is obstructed or otherwise in effect diminished. Notwithstanding the provisions of the foregoing paragraph it shall not be deemed unlawful:     
Art.7.1.i  (i) to attach to the underside of the cod-end of a trawl net any canvas, netting, or other material, for the purpose of preventing or reducing wear to tear; and as from 1st January, 1959, and until 1st June, 1965, and only for trawl nets with a mesh of 100 mm. or more;     
Art.7.1.ii  (ii) to attach a rectangular piece of netting to the upper side of the cod-end of a trawl net to reduce and prevent damage so long as such netting conforms to the following conditions:     
Art.7.1.ii.a  (a) this netting shall not have a mesh size less than that specified for the net itself;     
Art.7.1.ii.b  (b) the netting may be fastened to the cod-end only along the forward and lateral edges of the netting and at no other place in it, and shall be fastened in such a manner that it extends forward of the splitting strop no more than four meshes and ends not less than four meshes in front of the cod-line mesh; where a splitting strop is not used the netting shall not extend to more than one-third of the cod-end measured from not less than four meshes in front of the cod-line mesh;     
Art.7.1.ii.c  (c) the number of meshes in the width of the netting shall be at least one and a half times the number of meshes in the width of that part of the cod-end which is covered, both widths being taken at right angles to the long axis of the cod-end.     
Art.8  Article 8  SUBS  SUBS 
Art.8.1x  Subject to the provisions of Annex III to this Convention, no vessel shall retain on board any sea fish of the descriptions set out in Annex II to this Convention, of a less size than the size prescribed therein for each fish, and all such fish shall be returned immediately to the sea; provided that they may be retained on board for the purpose of transplantation to other fishing grounds.  ATTACH  ATTACH 
Art.9  Article 9  IMPL  SUBS 
Art.9.1x  Subject to the provisions of Annex III to this Convention, each Contracting Government undertakes to prohibit by regulations the landing, sale, exposure or offer for sale, in its territories of any sea fish of the descriptions set out in Annex II to this Convention which are of a less size than the size prescribed therein for each fish and have been caught in the waters defined in Article 1 of this Convention, whether such fish are whole or have had their heads or any other part removed.  ATTACH  ATTACH 
Art.10  Article 10    SUBS 
Art.10.1x  The provisions of this Convention shall not apply to fishing operations conducted for the purposes of scientific investigation, or to fish taken in the course of such operations, but fish so taken shall not be sold, or exposed or offered for sale in contravention of the provisions of Article 9.  SCIR  SCIR 
Art.11  Article 11  IMPL  IMPL 
Art.11.1x  The Contracting Governments agree to take, in their territories and in regard to their vessels, to which this Convention applies, appropriate measures to ensure the application of the provisions of this Convention and the punishment of infractions of the said provisions.     
Part.3  PART III CONSTITUTION OF PERMANENT COMMISSION     
Art.12  Article 12  HOBS HOBF REVW SECF  HOBS HOBF SUBS 
Art.12.1  (1) The Contracting Governments undertake to set up a permanent Commission to which each of them shall appoint one or if they so desire two delegates.     
Art.12.2  (2) The Commission shall elect its own President either from among the delegates or from independent nominees. If a delegate has been elected President lie shall forthwith cease to be the delegate of his Government and that Government shall have the right to appoint another person to serve as its delegate.     
Art.12.3  (3) The Commission shall draw up its own rules of procedure including provisions for the term of office of the President and the election of subsequent Presidents and such rules may be altered or amended from time to time by a majority of the delegates of Contracting Governments who are present and vote. Only ill the case of an even division of votes on any such matter shall the President have a casting vote and it shall be decisive.     
Art.12.4  (4) For the purpose of voting on all matters within the scope of this article each Contracting Government shall possess one vote, whether it has appointed one delegate or two, but the vote may be exercised by either delegate.     
Art.12.5  (5) It shall be the duty of this Commission to consider whether the provisions of this Convention should be extended or altered. For this purpose the Commission shall where practicable consult the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea.  RELA  RELA 
Art.12.6  (6) The Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland undertakes to call the first meeting of this Commission in the United Kingdom within two years from the coming into force of this Convention, and to call subsequent meetings at the request of the President at such time and in such places as the Commission shall decide.     
Art.12.7  (7) There shall be a meeting of the Commission not less than once in every three years.     
Art.12.8  (8) The Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland undertakes to communicate the agenda for the first meeting to all other Contracting Governments not less than one month before the date of the meeting.     
Art.12.9  (9) Reports of the proceedings of the Commission shall be transmitted by the President of the Commission to the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which shall in turn communicate them to all the Governments which have ratified or acceded to this Convention.  INFO   
Art.12.10  (10) The Contracting Governments undertake to give effect to any recommendation of the Commission for the extension or alteration of this Convention which has been carried unanimously at a meeting of the Commission and accepted by all Contracting Governments not represented at the meeting.     
Art.13  Article 13  DEFN  DEFN 
Art.13.1  (1) For the purposes of this Convention the expression "vessel" means:     
Art.13.1.a  (a) any vessel or boat employed in fishing for sea fish or in the treatment of sea fish; or     
Art.13.1.b  (b) any vessel or boat used partly or wholly for the purposes of the transport of sea fish registered or owned in the territories of any Contracting Government.     
Art.13.2  (2) The expression " territories" denotes in relation to any Contracting Government:     
Art.13.2.a  (a) its metropolitan territory;     
Art.13.2.b  (b) any territory in respect of which action has been taken by the Contracting Government under Article 16; and the waters where the Contracting Government has exclusive jurisdiction over fisheries.     
Art.14  Article 14  MEMB EIF  MEMB EIF 
Art.14.1x  This Convention shall be ratified as soon as possible and shall come into force two months after the deposit of instruments of ratification by all the Governments which have signed the Convention, or upon such earlier date as may be agreed between any Governments which may ratify or accede to it under Article 15 in respect of those Governments.     
Art.15  Article 15  MEMB EIF DEPO  MEMB DEPO EIF 
Art.15.1  (1) Any Government (other than the Government of a territory to which Article 16 applies) which has not signed this Convention may accede thereto at any time after it has come into force in accordance with Article 14. Accession shall be affected by means of a notification in writing addressed to the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and shall take effect immediately after the date of its receipt.     
Art.15.2  (2) The Government of the United Kingdom will inform all the Governments which have signed or acceded to the present Convention of all accessions received and the date of their receipt.     
Conc.1  Annexes omitted  CONC  CONC 
Please cite as:
Data from Ronald B. Mitchell. 2002-2017. International Environmental Agreements Database Project (Version 2014.3).
Available at: http://iea-archive.uoregon.edu/
Date accessed: 22 July 2017