U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea: Living Resources Provisions [January 30, 2009] [open pdf - 158KB]
"This [Congressional Research Service] report describes provisions of the [United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea] LOS Convention relating to living marine resources and discusses how these provisions comport with current U.S. marine policy. As presently understood and interpreted, these provisions generally appear to reflect current U.S. policy with respect to living marine resource management, conservation, and exploitation. Based on these interpretations, they are generally not seen as imposing significant new U.S. obligations, commitments, or encumbrances, while providing several new privileges, primarily related to participation in commissions developing international ocean policy. No new domestic legislation appears to be required to implement the living resources provisions of the LOS Convention. This report will be updated as circumstances warrant."
CRS Report for Congress, RL32185