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Legal and institutional aspects of fisheries management and development in the exclusive economic zone of the Republic of Seychelles









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    Legal and institutional aspects of the management of fisheries in the Bangladesh exclusive economic zone 1979
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    In 1974 the Government of Bangladesh declared a 200-mile EEZ, although no action was taken by the fisheries authorities at the time to set down detailed legal controls over the management of fisheries in that zone. In August 1978, however, the Bangladesh Gov. made initial enquiries regarding the possibility of legal assistance being provided by FAO in adapting its laws to cover foreign fishing operations in its EEZ. Because Bangladesh had earlier in 1978 signed a joint venture agreement with Tha iland there was expressed an urgent need for assistance of this king. As a result, an initial visit by a FAO headquarters staff member to Bangladesh was arranged for the period 12-15 Sept. 1978, to assess the type and scope of assistance required. Several estimates of the fishery resources in the Bay of Bengal have been made. From these surveys it was possible to identify three major fishing grounds which are known as “South patches”, “Middle ground” and “Swatch of no ground”.
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    Legal and institutional aspects of fisheries management in Sri Lanka with particular reference to the control of foreign fishing in the exclusive economic zone 1978
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    The Government of Sri Lanka extended its jurisdiction over fisheries to 200 miles in 1977 and requested assistance from the Indian Ocean Programme in revising its fisheries legislation to meet the needs of the new zone. The present report examines the adequacy of existing legislation and institutions and recommends new draft legislation and implementing regulations for the control of foreign fishing operations. The report then examines the present systems for monitoring, surveillance and enforce ment over foreign fishing operations and makes general recommendations concerning the principles to be adopted in setting up a new system. Recommendations are also made concerning guidelines and minimum standard for foreign participation in the Sri Lanka fisheries industry. Finally the report points out the need for a complete revision of the fisheries Ordinance and makes some comments on issues that will need to be examined further in that revision.
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    Development of fisheries in the exclusive economic zone of the Seychelles 1978
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    Based on a review of existing resource data and past fishing experience in the Zone, the report recommends licensing of foreign tuna long-lining and pelagic trawling, subject to annual review, as well as a two-year license to a pole-and-line skipjack fishing company. A proposal is made for the upgrading of indigenous fishing. A series of questions posed by the Government concerning legal aspects of the Zone are answered, including statements of international law and the domestic law of other cou ntries regarding regulation of foreign vessels in the Zone. The mission staff visited the Republic of the Seychelles from 5 to 10 March 1978.

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