Future of Fishery Management and Its Impact on the Seafood Industry: A Comparison of United States and Canadian Fishery Management Policies after UNCLOS III

Gallo, Ferdinand J. III | January 1, 1992

The United States and Canadian fishery management regimes each professes to fulfill the goals of conservation enumerated under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 1982 (UNCLOS III). These goals include conservation of scarce fish stocks and “optimum utilization” of those limited resources. The Canadian regime of centralized authority, informality and flexibility, however, actually comes closest to fulfilling these goals. While the United States may adopt some of the key elements of the Canadian regime, several barriers exist to such reforms.Another method for reconciling the differences between U.S. and Canadian policies would include the implementation of an international treaty to jointly manage the fishery region. Such a treaty remains a viable alternative to the current international regime of sovereign states’ rights and strict notions of territorialism.