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1989: Agreement Creating The Eastern Pacific Tuna Fishing Organization

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Provisions coded as containing the code: SCIR
  Provision  First Coders Codes  Second Coders Codes 
Pre.5  AWARE that the Eastern Pacific Coastal States have different degrees of tuna fishing development at different technical levels, and that it is therefore necessary to promote international cooperation leading to a strengthening of national capacities and the transfer of technology to countries requiring came in order to achieve harmonious development within the region;  SCIR   
Pre.6  RECOGNIZING that, in order to achieve these ends, it is necessary to establish a system of international cooperation in research, conservation, protection and optimum utilization of the tuna fish in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, under an international agreement;  SCIR   
Art.2.1.a  A. Studies on the biology, ecology, biometry and dynamics of the total count of species to which the present Agreement applies, in order to determine the possible effects of natural factors and human maritime activities on the volume of such species.  SCIR  SCIR 
Art.2.1.b  B. The measures necessary to ensure conservation of the number of fish to which the present Agreement applies and to maintain same at levels of abundance which permit their maximum sustainable yield by ensuring optimum utilization through rational exploitation.    SCIR 
Art.2.1.c  C. When the studies and measures mentioned in paragraphs A and B of the present Article are to be carried out in the seas adjacent to the coasts and within 200 miles of coastal States, then the prior and express consent of same shall be required.    SCIR 
Art.2.2  2. Moreover, the Organization shall adopt measures for training of human resources and transfer of technology and developing fishing capacity and infrastructure for tuna harvesting processing and research by disadvantaged Latin American Eastern Pacific Coastal States members of the present Organization, which have not yet been able to achieve reasonable benefit from said resources.  SCIR INFO  SCIR INFO 
Art.5.1x  Within the ocean adjacent to and within 200 miles of their coast, coastal States may establish temporary close fishing seasons, based on the best available scientific evidence, for the proper conservation of fisheries resources. The establishment of said zones will be made in good faith, without affecting the objectives and purposes of the present Agreement.  SCIR  SCIR 
Art.6.2  2. The Governing Board, based on appropriate scientific research, may modify the list of species contained in Attachment (2).  SCIR ATTACH  ATTACH 
Art.8.2.b  B. Establishment of annual guidelines fixing open and closed fishing seasons for species requiring conservation measures, according to the best available scientific evidence; and  SCIR  SCIR 
Art.8.6  6. Endeavour to obtain the services and resources of competent national or International agencies or bodies for scientific and technical purposes, according to the present Agreement's objectives.  SCIR  SCIR 
Art.11.1  1. Promote, coordinate and implement within the Agreements area of application, such studies and research of a scientific and technical nature an are needed to achieve the Organization's aims in compliance with the Governing Board's decisions. Said research activities within the area of ocean adjacent to its coasts up to 200 miles shall require prior express consent from the coastal state concerned, pursuant to its laws.  SCIR  SCIR 
Art.11.2  2. Formulate recommendations regarding the conservation of the species, covered by the present Agreement, based on the best available scientific evidence and on the results of their research regarding the abundance, biology, biometry, ecology and dynamics of the numbers of said species.  SCIR  SCIR 
Art.11.3  3. Foster and promote cooperation between the parties through duly accredited national research institutions in the field of scientific research in order to increase knowledge on the species covered by the Agreement.  SCIR  SCIR 
Art.11.4  4. Evaluate and approve the results of the research and studies presented by the Research Coordinator.  SCIR  SCIR 
Art.11.5  5. Through the Executive Secretary to request from members of the Organization the scientific and statistical information it requires, keeping confidential matter as such and as it is provided.  SCIR  SCIR INFO 
Art.11.6  6. Compile and maintain statistics and records, and to publish or divulge reports and material regarding species covered by the Agreement.  SCIR INFO  SCIR INFO 
Art.13.1  1. The Scientific Research Coordinator shall be responsible both for the Scientific Committee's activities and for research according to the terms set out in Article 11, and shall be designated by the Governing Board for a period of three years, and may be re-elected for a similar period. In the event of withdrawal or removal, the Governing Board shall immediately proceed to elect a new Coordinator who shall carry out these functions for a new period.  SCIR  SCIR 
Art.15.7  7. Provision of administrative and technical support for meetings of other bodies within the organization, acting as Secretary for these.  SCIR   
Art.16.5  5. Based on the bent available scientific evidence and on recommendations supplied by the Scientific Committee, each coastal state shall annually determine and inform the Organization sixty (60) days before the Governing Board's Ordinary Meeting, of the volume of concentration of each species covered by the Agreement in the seas adjacent to and within 200 miles of its coastline, the national permissible fishing quota and the surpluses of said quota that may be made available giving priority to vessels of other States Parties hereto, under issue of the respective fishing permits, and only if said vessels cannot or do not wish to acquire said national permits may the respective coastal state negotiate its surplus to third party non-member states, issuing them national fishing permits.  INFO SCIR  SCIR INFO 
Art.16.9  9. A coastal State not having sufficient available scientific research or extraction capacity may, on its own authority, according to domestic needs, and based on scientific evidence such as that which may be provided to them by the Scientific Committee, annually determine its permissible domestic quota, as well as its own fishing capacity and the surpluses that may be made available to State Parties hereto, upon issue of national permits or licences.  SCIR  SCIR 
Art.16.9.dx  Bearing in mind the resolutions of the coastal states referred to in points 5 and 8 of the present Article and based on the best available scientific evidence, the Governing Board, at the recommendation of the Scientific Committee, shall establish the volume of abundance of each species covered by the Agreement, in the high seas covered by its area of application, in order to determine the permissible global quota of annual catch within said area, should the species in question require such conservation measures.  SCIR  SCIR 
Art.17.2  2. The fishing access records mentioned in the preceding paragraph shall not be applicable to domestic vessels fishing exclusively in the seas adjacent to and within 200 miles of their own coastal state.    SCIR  Should an Eastern Pacific Coastal Member State, based on its scientific evidence, believe that the closing date established by the Scientific Committee should be modified, the Executive Secretary shall convene the Governing Board immediately in order to hold the corresponding Extraordinary Meeting.  SCIR   
Please cite as:
Data from Ronald B. Mitchell. 2002-2018. International Environmental Agreements Database Project (Version 2014.3).
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Date accessed: 18 December 2018