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113th Congress                                              Treaty Doc.
SENATE
1st Session                                                 113-1
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  CONVENTION ON THE CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT OF HIGH SEAS FISHERY 
                  RESOURCES IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN

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                                MESSAGE

                                  from

                   THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

                              transmitting

  CONVENTION ON THE CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT OF HIGH SEAS FISHERY 
 RESOURCES IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN, DONE AT AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 
                           NOVEMBER 14, 2009




April 22, 2013.--Treaty was read the first time, and together with the 
accompanying papers, referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations and 
            ordered to be printed for the use of the Senate


                         LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL

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                                   The White House, April 22, 2013.
To the Senate of the United States:
    I transmit herewith the Convention on the Conservation and 
Management of High Seas Fishery Resources in the South Pacific 
Ocean (the ``Convention''), done at Auckland, New Zealand, 
November 14, 2009, with a view to receiving the advice and 
consent of the Senate to ratification. I also transmit, for the 
information of the Senate, the report of the Secretary of State 
on the Convention that includes an article-by-article analysis.
    The Convention establishes a regional fisheries management 
organization through which Parties will give effect to their 
duty to cooperate in the conservation and sustainable use of 
the high seas fishery resources in the South Pacific Ocean and 
to safeguard the marine ecosystems in which these resources 
occur.
    The Convention requires Parties to apply specific 
conservation and management principles and approaches in giving 
effect to the objective of the Convention. These principles and 
approaches are enshrined in existing international instruments 
to which the United States is a party, such as the Agreement 
for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations 
Convention on the Law of the Sea of December 10, 1982, relating 
to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks 
and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks of December 4, 1995. In 
addition, the Convention requires that Parties design and adopt 
specific conservation and management measures, such as 
limitations on catch or effort, time or area closures, and gear 
restrictions.
    The Department of State, Department of Commerce, U.S. Coast 
Guard, and relevant U.S. stakeholders strongly support the 
Convention. The legislation necessary to implement the 
Convention will be submitted separately to the Congress for its 
consideration. I therefore recommend that the Senate give early 
and favorable consideration to this Convention and give its 
advice and consent to ratification.
                                                      Barack Obama.


                          LETTER OF SUBMITTAL

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                                       Department of State,
                                       Washington, August 16, 2012.
The President,
The White House.
    The President: I have the honor to submit to you, with a 
view to its transmittal to the Senate for advice and consent to 
ratification, the Convention on the Conservation and Management 
of High Seas Fishery Resources in the South Pacific Ocean, done 
at Auckland, New Zealand, November 14, 2009 (the 
``Convention''). The Convention was signed by the United States 
on January 31, 2011. Also enclosed is an overview of the 
Convention, which includes a detailed article-by-article 
analysis.
    The Convention establishes a regional fisheries management 
organization through which Parties will give effect to their 
duty to cooperate in the conservation and sustainable use of 
the high seas fishery resources in the South Pacific Ocean and 
safeguard the marine ecosystems in which these resources occur.
    The Convention requires Parties to apply specific 
conservation and management principles and approaches in giving 
effect to the objective of the Convention. These principles and 
approaches are enshrined in existing international instruments 
to which the United States is a party, such as the Agreement 
for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations 
Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982, relating 
to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks 
and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks of 4 December 1995. In 
addition, the Convention requires Parties design and adopt 
specific conservation and management measures, such as 
limitations on catch or effort, time or area closures, and gear 
restrictions.
    The U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of 
Commerce, the U.S. Coast Guard, and relevant U.S. stakeholders 
strongly support the Convention.
    The Convention will require implementing legislation, which 
is being drafted and will be submitted to the Congress for its 
consideration when appropriate.
    I recommend, therefore, that you transmit the Convention to 
the Senate for its advice and consent to ratification at the 
earliest possible date.
    Respectfully submitted.

                                            Hillary Rodham Clinton.
    Enclosures: As stated.