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Oceans and Marine Conservation

Bureau of Oceans and International
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Ocean Policy and Law of the Sea

bullet U.S. Senate Approves U.S.-Mexico Boundary Treaty. (10/23/00)
bullet President Clinton and Vice President Gore: Protecting Our Oceans and Coasts. White House Fact Sheet (5/26/00)
bullet Doherty Lecture on Oceans. Under Secretary Loy, Washington, DC (5/11/99)
bullet Convention on the Law of the Sea. Detailed reasons for U.S. Adherence to the Convention (June 1998)
bullet Fact Sheet: US Oceans Policy and Law of the Sea Convention (5/28/98)
bullet UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Text submitted by the Department of State for ratification by the U.S. Congress, October 1994. Paper copies of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, with Annexes, done at Montego Bay, December 10, 1982 and the Agreement Relating to the Implementation of Part XI are available from UN Publication Sales, Room DC2-853, 799 United Nations Plaza, New York, New York 10017, (212) 754-8302/3, Publication No. E.83.V.5.
bullet The Law of the Sea: Avenue to Cooperation. Address by Deputy Assistant Secretary David A. Colson at the Maritime Law Association of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines (9/19/95)
bullet UN Law of the Sea and US Offshore Energy Interests. Statement by Deputy Assistant Secretary David A. Colson at the Outer Continental Shelf Policy Committee, Houston, Texas (5/3/95)
bullet The Seabed Mining Regime and Beyond. Address by Wesley S. Scholz, Director of International Commodities, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, at Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC (1/27/95)

Marine Environment and Science

bullet Executive Order: Coral Reefs Protection (6/11/98)
bullet Partnerships for the International Coral Reef Initiative. Statement by Under Secretary for Global Affairs Timothy E. Wirth at Conference on Coral Reefs, 1997, Washington, DC (10/9/97)
bullet Marine Environment. Remarks by Under Secretary for Global Affairs Timothy E. Wirth before the Independent World Commission on the Oceans, Providence, Rhode Island (6/6/97)
bullet Coral Reef Fishing. Statement by Under Secretary for Global Affairs Timothy E. Wirth before the House Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans, Washington, DC (5/6/97)
bullet Marine Degradation from Land-Based Activities. Address by Vice President Al Gore at the UN Conference on Marine Environment, Washington, DC (11/1/95)
bullet Protecting the Marine Environment. Remarks by Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott at the UN Conference on Marine Environment, Washington, DC (10/31/95)
bullet Marine Pollution. Remarks by Under Secretary for Global Affairs Timothy E. Wirth at Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment Oceans Conference, Washington, DC (5/25/95)
bullet Notices to Research Vessel Operators. Department of State notices to research vessel operators and scientists on current regulations and requirements on research activities in foreign waters.
bullet Convention on Biological Diversity (1992)
bullet Convention for the Protection & Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region, Cartagena (3/24/83)
bullet Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, Canberra (5/20/80)
bullet Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes & Other Matter, London, Mexico City, Moscow, and Washington (12/29/72)

Fisheries and Marine Conservation

bullet Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate (1/18/01)
bullet Press Statement: U.S. Opposes Exports of Whale Products from Norway (1/8/01)
bullet Letter from the President: Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (1/8/01)
bullet President Clinton Directs U.S. Actions in Response to Japanese Whaling. White House Fact Sheet (9/13/00)
bullet Successful Conclusion of Western Pacific Fisheries Negotiations. Press Statement (9/6/00)
bullet U.S. Announces Initial Actions in Response to Expanded Japanese Whaling Program. Press Statement (8/30/00)
bullet U.S. Objects to Japan's Lethal Whaling Research Program. Press Statement (8/16/00)
bullet U.S. Opposes New Japanese Whaling in the North Pacific. Press Statement (7/31/00)
bullet Court Ruling on "Dolphin-Safe" Tuna. Press Statement (4/14/00)
bullet Keynote Address at the Conference on Current Fisheries Issues. Remarks by Under Secretary Loy, Rome, Italy (3/16/00)
bullet Making the New Rules Work: Implementation of the Global Fisheries Instruments. Remarks by David Balton, Director of the Office of Marine Conservation (3/16/00)
bullet International Perspectives Upon Fisheries Policy. Remarks by Deputy Assistant Secretary Scully (12/1/99)
bullet U.S. Satisfied With Italy's Commitment to Stop Illegal Driftnet Fishing. Statement by Spokesman James P. Rubin (7/15/99)
bullet Dealing With the 'Bad Actors' of Ocean Fisheries. Remarks by David Balton, Director of the Office of Marine Conservation (5/20/99)
* Results of FAO Consultations in Rome, October 26-30. Press statement by Spokesman James Rubin (11/3/98)
* U.S.-European Commission High-Level Fisheries Consultation. Press Statement by Spokesman James P. Rubin (7/8/98)
* International Dolphin Conservation Agreement. [Text in Spanish]
      -- Secretary Albright's Remarks at the Signing Ceremony (5/21/98)
      -- Statement on Signing Ceremony and List of Participants (5/21/98)
* U.S.-Japan Consultative Committee on Fisheries Concludes Sixth Meeting (2/25/98)
bullet Protection of Dolphins. Statement by Mary Beth West, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans, before the House Committee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans, Washington, DC (4/9/97)
bullet Sustainable Fisheries Act. Statement by President Clinton (10/11/96)

Shrimp and Sea Turtles Issue:

bullet Honduras: Sea Turtle Conservation and Shrimp Imports. Press Statement (8/31/00)
bullet The Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles and the Convention to Combat Desertification. David Sandalow, Washington, DC (7/20/00)
bullet Pakistan: Sea Turtle Conservation and Shrimp Imports. Press Statement (7/12/00)
bullet Sea Turtle Conservation and Shrimp Imports. Press Statement (4/27/00)
bullet Setting the Record Straight on Sea Turtles and Shrimp. Remarks by David Balton on Social Justice Litigation: The CIT and WTO (12/7/99)
bullet Revised Guidelines on Sea Turtles. Federal Register notice (7/8/99)
bullet Suriname: Sea Turtle Conservation and Shrimp Imports. Statement by Deputy Spokesman James B. Foley (7/2/99)
bullet Sea Turtle Conservation and Shrimp Imports: Guyana Certification. Statement by Deputy Spokesman James B. Foley (6/8/99)
bullet Sea Turtle Conservation and Shrimp Imports. Statement by Department Spokesman James P. Rubin (5/19/99)
* Sea Turtle Conservation and Shrimp Imports. Statement by Department Spokesman James P. Rubin (5/3/99)
bullet Sea Turtles. Department notice of April 9, 1999 briefing.
bullet Proposed Revisions to Guidelines on Sea Turtles. Federal Register notice (3/25/99)
bullet WTO Appellate Decision on Sea Turtles. U.S. Trade Representative press release (10/12/98)
bullet Text of WTO Appellate Decision on Sea Turtles. (10/12/98)
       [Note: The text of the appellate decision is a 271 kb PDF file --
          see http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/acrobat/readstep.html for installing Adobe's Acrobat Reader.]

* Sea Turtle Conservation and Shrimp Imports. Statement by Deputy Spokesman James Foley (5/4/98)
bullet Sea Turtle Protection Agreement Reached. Press statement by Nicholas Burns, Department of State Spokesman, Washington, DC (9/16/96)
bullet Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles. Text of the Western Hemisphere sea turtle agreement is posted in the languages of the countries involved on this NGO web site.

Salmon Related Issues:

* Materials related to the June 30, 1999 signing of the Pacific Salmon Agreement. Also see June 30 remarks by Acting Secretary Pickering and others.
* U.S. and Canada To Sign Pacific Salmon Agreement. Press Statement by Spokesman Rubin (6/29/99)
* Summary of the Pacific Salmon Agreement reached by United States and Canadian Negotiators. Fact Sheet (6/3/99)
* Joint Statement on the Pacific Salmon Agreement with Canadian Foreign Minister Axworthy. Statement by Secretary Albright, Washington, DC (6/3/99)
* United States Announces Agreement with Canada on Pacific Salmon. Press Statement by Spokesman Rubin (6/3/99)
* President Clinton Names Lloyd N. Cutler as Special Representative on U.S.-Canada Salmon Negotiations. White House Statement (4/27/99)
* U.S.-Canada Fail To Reach Interim Agreement on Northern Pacific Salmon Fisheries. Press Statement by Spokesman Rubin (7/9/98)
* U.S. and Canada Reach Agreement on Washington-British Columbia Boundary Area Fisheries. Press Statement by Spokesman Rubin (7/3/98)
* Pacific Salmon Talks Reach Agreement to Restrict Dixon Entrance Fishing Operations. Statement by Department Spokesman Rubin (7/2/98)
* Pacific Salmon. Roberts Owen named Senior Federal Negotiator for Pacific Salmon (3/10/98)
* Pacific Salmon. Statement by Secretary Albright and Report to President Clinton and Canadian Prime Minister Chretien (1/12/98)

Arctic and Antarctic Policy

Arctic:

bullet Fact Sheet: U.S. and Russia Sign Polar Bear Accord. (10/16/00)
bullet Barrow Declaration, on the Occasion of the Second Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council, Barrow, Alaska, October 12-13, 2000
bullet Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting Held in Barrow, Alaska, October 12-13, 2000. Press Release (10/13/00)
bullet Arctic Council Meetings Held in Fairbanks, Alaska, April 26-28, 2000. Press Release (5/1/00)
bullet Panel Discussion on Human Health in the Arctic. Media Note (4/21/00)
bullet Establishment of the Arctic Council. Article by Evan Bloom (12/3/99)
bullet Arctic Council Meetings Held in Washington, DC November 17-19, 1999. Press Release (11/17/99)
bullet Arctic Council Meeting at the Department of State, November 17-20. Notice to the Press (11/16/99)
* Arctic Council Meetings. Press release (5/11/99)
bullet Arctic Policy Fact Sheet. (4/23/99)
bullet Arctic Council Homepage.
bullet Arctic Council. Remarks by Ambassador Wendy Sherman at the First Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council, Canada (9/18/98)
bullet United States Assumes Chair of the Arctic Council. Statement by James P. Rubin (9/18/98)
bullet Arctic Council Launches Multinational Initiative To Identify and Phase Out Sources of PCBs in Russia. Press Statement by James Foley (2/26/99)
bullet Communique and Declaration on the Establishment of the Arctic Council (9/19/96)

Antarctic:

* Text of the Antarctic Treaty (1959)
* Text of the Protocol of Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty (1991)
* Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting XXIII: Lima, Peru, May 24 - June 4, 1999.
* Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. Recent meeting: Brussels, Belgium meeting on toothfish, April 26, 1999.


Related Web Sites of Interests:

Agency Sites:

bullet Arctic Environmental Data Directory (AEDD), U.S. Geological Survey
bullet U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
bullet U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
bullet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
bullet Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC)
bullet Maritime Administration (MARAD)
bullet Minerals Management Service (MMS)
bullet National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
bullet U.S. Navy

International Organization Sites:

bullet North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES)
bullet UN Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)
bullet UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea
bullet UN Environment Program (UNEP)
bullet World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
bullet Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)
bullet International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI)
bullet International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES)
bullet International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Other Sites:

bullet University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS)
bullet Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI)
bullet Sea Grant Nonindigenous Species
bullet Ocean Planet Resource Room
bullet seaturtle.org

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