Conservation & Science

Trans-Pacific Partnership and ocean health

Statement of Margaret Spring, vice president of conservation and science and chief conservation officer for the Monterey Bay Aquarium, on the completion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership ministerial meetings in Atlanta:

TPP countries map“The Monterey Bay Aquarium commends the Obama Administration and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman for their leadership in linking trade and markets to ocean conservation measures as part of the recently completed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

“The final agreement includes provisions that address several critical issues fundamental to the health of the Pacific Ocean and its coastal economies: sustainable fisheries management, measures to reduce illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, protections for sharks and other key marine species, and measures to eliminate harmful fishing subsidies.

Hammerhead sharks are among the species protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Photo courtesy CITES
Hammerhead sharks are among the species protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Photo courtesy CITES

“We look forward to learning more about the specific provisions in the agreement, as well as how those provisions may be implemented by participating nations in order to ensure effective protections for our oceans.”

Learn more about the ocean and environmental provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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