The Barents Sea loophole agreement: a "coastal state" solution to a straddling stock problem

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    16 Citations (Scopus)

    Abstract

    In May 1999 Iceland, Norway and Russia signed an agreement (the "Loophole Agreement") designed to resolve a six-year dispute over unregulated fishing by Icelandic vessels for straddling stocks in an enclave ("the Loophole") of high seas in the central Barents Sea. The Agreement, which gives Iceland fishing rights in the Norwegian and Russian EEZs in return for ceasing fishing in the Loophole, is an example of direct co-operation between coastal and high seas fishing states over the management of straddling fish stocks on the high seas which the 1995 UN Agreement on the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks envisages as a possible alternative to management through a regional fisheries organisation. The article explains why the parties have chosen this model rather than utilising the existing regional fisheries organisation or establishing a new regional fisheries arrangement; and compares the Loophole Agreement with arrangements for some other high seas enclaves.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)467-490
    Number of pages24
    JournalInternational Journal of Marine and Coastal Law
    Volume14
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1999

      Fingerprint

    Keywords

    • Fisheries
    • Conservation
    • Iceland
    • Norway
    • Russia
    • Treaties
    • Barents Sea

    Cite this