International Agreements being Negotiated

Canada is working with nine other nations towards the development of an international Agreement on the Prevention of Unregulated Fishing in the High Seas of the Central Arctic Ocean. The Third Meeting on High Seas Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean was held in Iqaluit from July 6-8, 2016. Canada welcomed nine international delegations, including the United States, Russia, Norway, Kingdom of Denmark (in respect of Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Iceland, China, Japan, South Korea, and the European Union (EU). The process to date has been chaired by the United States (US) represented by David Balton, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries at the U.S. Department of State. At the conclusion of the Iqaluit meeting the Chair issued a Statement which gave an overview of what was discussed, some outstanding issues and the next steps in this process. Canada looks forward to continuing the discussions among the delegations at the next meeting, which will likely be in the late fall of 2016.

Chairman's Statement