What is the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)?
The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea is a longstanding international treaty that sets out the basic rules for the use of the sea and marine resources. It is relevant in a Brexit context because it will govern the UK’s management of its marine resources in future as a newly independent coastal state. The agreement requires efforts to agree rules on access to waters with neighbouring countries, as well as setting catch limits and standards on conservation. The UK will be required to consider scientific advice on catch levels and ensure stocks are kept at sustainable levels. The agreement does not, however, provide automatic access to other countries’ fishing grounds.
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