The Council noted the receipt of the Instrument of Approval of the Agreement from the People’s Republic of China that allows the implementation of the Agreement to Prevent Unregulated High Seas Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean (Agreement). The Agreement, completed in Ilulissat, Canada on 3 October 2018, commits the parties to not authorize any vessel flying its flag to engage in commercial fishing in the high seas portion of the Arctic Ocean. The Council noted the extensive efforts by former Council member and current Ecosystem Committee member, David Benton, to complete the agreement and congratulated Mr. Benton on the implementation of the Agreement. More information on the agreement can be found on the NOAA website.
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