15 June 2010
UN Convention on the Law of the Sea
Living Resources Provisions
This report describes provisions of the Law of the Sea (LOS) Convention relating to living marine resources and discusses how these provisions comport with current US marine policy. As presently understood and interpreted, these provisions generally appear to reflect current US policy with respect to living marine resource management, conservation, and exploitation. Based on these interpretations, they are generally not seen as imposing significant new US obligations, commitments, or encumbrances, while providing several new privileges, primarily related to participation in commissions developing international ocean policy.
Eugene H Buck