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35 Threatened Species and Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems

Edward J Goodwin

From: The Oxford Handbook of the Law of the Sea

Edited By: Donald R. Rothwell, Alex G. Oude Elferink, Karen N. Scott, Tim Stephens

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 17 June 2021

Law of the sea — UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea)

This chapter examines ‘threatened species’ and ‘vulnerable marine ecosystems’ (VME) in the law of the sea. It teases out the broad-spectrum responses of international law that tackle principal anthropogenic threats, including the want of jurisdiction over marine resources, unsustainable fisheries, pollution, and habitat conservation. It then extracts rules from within environmental treaties designed to catch emergency cases, where individual species are close to extinction or sites are being degraded and disturbed.

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