Lessons from the Sargasso Sea

 

 

The Sargasso Sea Commission has released a brochure highlighting challenges to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction

Sargasso fish

While the Sargasso Sea Project has succeeded in gaining wide-spread recognition for the Sargasso Sea’s significance, the primary legally binding protective measure secured after six years of extensive work has been a closure of several seamounts to deep sea bottom fishing by the North-west Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO). What we have learned is that the lack of common principles, common criteria and common evidentiary standards for conservation measures has hindered broader efforts for comprehensive management.

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