The main purpose of this paper is to outline the range of soft law instruments that have been utilized in the fisheries sector, and then look at some regional solutions adopted. Whereas the other participants in this panel have very specific areas to address, I will be referring to some recent developments in a number of different regional contexts, as well as some clearly global contexts. There can be little doubt that there has been a surge in interest in soft law options, which can be traced back to the Stockholm Declaration itself. The solution can more recently be traced to the UNCED RIO process, which more than any other recent document introduced the style that has now flooded the area of soft law instruments, which can be described as a somewhat verbose essay style of drafting. This is not all that surprising given the wide range of instruments that can be subsumed under this.
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