1 The notion of sedentary fisheries was developed in the continental shelf regime under international law. The term ‘sedentary species’ was first defined as ‘organisms which, at the harvestable stage, either are immobile on or under the seabed or are unable to move except in constant physical contact with the seabed or the subsoil’ in Art. 2 (4) Convention on the Continental Shelf (‘Continental Shelf Convention’) and this definition was repeated verbatim in Art. 77 (4) United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (‘UN Convention on the Law of the Sea’). The...
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