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Book Chapter


The purpose of this essay is to explore how human rights issues related to national legislation in the fisheries sector. There are two principal aspects. First, we need to identify those human rights issues which you would expect to find covered in fisheries legislation, usually because they are required by international law, in particular, the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOS Convention), or the 1995 United Naions Fish Stocks Agreement, or the FAO Compliance Agreement. Second, we need to indicate what other human rights issues underlie fisheries legislation. In some countries, these are specifically dealt with in the fisheries law, in others, they are not. There is no dominating reason why these might or might not be included in the fisheries law, in fact, the answer will depend on the particular legal system.