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High Seas as a Legal Entity

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 [Hong Kong, Sustainable Ocean Summit, November 14, 2018] Global fisheries, a core planetary industry, and source of food are endangered. At the same time, advocates, industry leaders, and technologists are rallying to establish the economy necessary to meet this challenge. Quite simply, humanity is facing a global crisis as life in the Oceans is threatened and the window of opportunity to help save these waters is rapidly closing. Though negotiations and meetings are underway to create a new treaty for managing biodiversity on the high seas, this will likely take years to enter into force. There is currently no effective management framework in place. The world no longer has the time to wait for slow-moving international government agencies to attempt to solve the problem. Thankfully, new technologies now create the opportunity for global...

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Murder and abuse – the price of your sashimi

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The last great tuna rush in the world's oceans is underway in the South Pacific. Tuna stocks are being plundered and those meant to protect them are dying mysterious deaths far from shore while fishermen live and die in appalling conditions.At least eight fisheries observers — mostly recruited from South Pacific states with an interest in the exploitation of tuna — have died in mysterious circumstances over the past five years, based on reports and my own extensive research.Fishermen too have fallen victim to the hunger for tuna that has sent thousands of boats into the region, with crews in virtual slavery, reluctant to admit the scale of the fishing going on — far in excess of what is agreed or approved.Legal recourse on the high seas is a murky world where borders are hard to define and justice hard to come by — even in the case of murder.A murder at ...

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