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.
Environmental Law | International Law
Date of this Version
Rosemary Rayfuse, "Regional Allocation Issues or Zen and the Art of Pie Cutting" (March 2007). University of New South Wales Faculty of Law Research Series. Working Paper 10.