The potential role of classification societies in improving flag State performance in marine capture fisheries
Forfattervan Doorn, Rijk
In order to improve flag State performance in the field of fisheries, the involvement of classification societies is proposed. However, very few documents or literature deal with such a proposal. In other words, involvement of classification societies in global fisheries is undoubtedly only in the proposal phase yet. The reason why classification societies are not involved in fisheries seems to be a simple lack of competence of maritime administrations over fishing vessels. This characteristic makes it unlikely that international legal instruments will include provisions that could be relevant for fishing vessels in the near future. Therefore, it is considered to be wise to start with a blank sheet and develop a potential basis for classification activities in fisheries around the globe from the scratch. The gap between the examination of a single vessel and the assessment of a flag State needs to be bridged. The study addresses the role and function of classification societies in the maritime field and prospects for a parallel role and function vis-a-vis assessments of flag states upholding agreed rules of responsible flag states in fisheries.
ForlagUniversitetet i Tromsø
University of Tromsø
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