Canada: Tuvaijuittuq MPA designated under Oceans Act

Tuvaijuittuq is the first Marine Protected Area to be designated by ministerial order under the Oceans Act for interim protection. Under the order, no new or additional human activities will be allowed to occur in the area for up to five years, with the following exceptions: the exercise of Inuit rights respecting wildlife harvesting as provided for under the Nunavut Agreement; marine scientific research consistent with the conservation objectives of the MPA; safety, security and emergency activities; certain activities carried out by a foreign national, entity, ship or state. The objective of this MPA is to contribute to the conservation, protection and understanding of the natural diversity, productivity and dynamism of the High Arctic sea ice ecosystem. This MPA encompasses an area of 319 411 km2. More information is available here.

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Tuvaijuittuq Marine Protected Area. Source: Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

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Conference: Ship Operations – New Risks, Liabilities and Technologies in the Maritime Sector

The Fifteenth International Colloquium organised by the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law at Swansea University Law School, entitled, Ship Operations – New Risks, Liabilities and Technologies in the Maritime Sector, will be held 12-13 September 2019 at Swansea University (Swansea, UK).

For further information (in English and Welsh) see here and here.

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Conference: Maritime Transport & Ocean Policies – Regional Perspectives for The Americas

The Second World Maritime University (WMU) Regional Conference for the Americas, entitled, Maritime Transport & Ocean Policies: Regional Perspectives for The Americas, will be held 30 September-02 October 2019 in Veracruz, Mexico.

For further information see the website.

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Conference: Transformed and Transformative Ocean Governance

The South African Research Chair in the Law of the Sea and Development in Africa shall host a conference, entitled, Transformed and Transformative Ocean Governance, 22-24 January 2020, to be held at Nelson Mandela University (Port Elizabeth, South Africa).

For further information see the announcement and Chair’s website.

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Guernsey: Bailiwick’s territorial seas extended

The Bailiwick of Guernsey’s territorial seas shall increase in size on 23 July 2019. The current limit of the Bailiwick’s territorial seas is 3 nautical miles (nm) from the baselines. The new limit will be 12 nm. The territorial sea would extend to less than 12 nm wherever the distance between the baselines of the Bailiwick and the baselines of another party (France or Jersey) is less than 24 nm. Fishing access in the waters around the Bailiwick, from 0 to 12 nautical miles, will remain unchanged on the date of extension. The Bailiwick fisheries management regime will also remain the same as it was before extension until any new regime is subsequently agreed. More information is available here.

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Bailiwick of Guernsey maritime boundaries. Source: States of Guernsey.

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ITLOS: The M/T “San Padre Pio” Case (Switzerland v. Nigeria), Provisional Measures Order

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) has delivered its Order of 6 July 2019 in respect of Case No. 27, The M/T “San Padre Pio” Case (Switzerland v. Nigeria), Provisional MeasuresThe Tribunal concluded that prima facie the UNCLOS Annex VII arbitral tribunal would have jurisdiction over the submitted dispute. The Tribunal prescribed various provisional measures under Article 290(5) of UNCLOS.

For an overview see the press release. Two Declarations, one Joint Declaration, three Separate Opinions and four Dissenting Opinions were appended to the Order of 6 July 2019, available here.

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IGC President’s Draft Text of A BBNJ Agreement

The President of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) on an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction has released an advanced version of the text, entitled, Draft text of an agreement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction, 25 June 2019. This was produced in response to a request during the second session of the IGC. Its aim is “to facilitate further progress in the negotiations”.

For the draft text, see here.

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