Avoiding Empty Ocean Commitments at Rio+20

Publication Type: Journal Article

Year of Publication: 2012

Authors: Veitch, L, Dulvy NK, Koldewey HJ, Lieberman S, Pauly D, Roberts CM, Rogers AD, Baillie JEM

Journal: Science

Volume: 336

Issue: 6087

Pagination: 1383 - 1385

Date Published: 06/2012

ISSN: 1095-9203

Keywords: Earth Summit, fisheries, goals, marine, sustainable management


The principles of sustainable management of marine capture fisheries and the protection of biodiversity are established by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and its implementing agreement (1). Building on these, Agenda 21, released after the UN “Earth Summit” in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI) from the 2002 summit, set quantitative and qualitative targets relating to the marine environment. Unfortunately, implementation of many of these commitments has been difficult, ineffective, or practically nonexistent.

DOI: 10.1126/science.1223009

Short Title: Science