San Diego Law Review

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Once again commercial fishing is the object of intensive study in certain quarters. Now, as in the past, this study is receiving nurture from the on-going negotiations regarding the broader issues of international law of the sea. Necessary to these discussions is the need to consider the issues important to the fishing nations. Further, it is more than likely that fishing rights are so intertwined with other problems, such as the breadth of the territorial sea, the limits of national jurisdiction on the continental shelf, or the appropriate regime for the governance of the seabeds beyond national jurisdiction, that separate consideration will not be feasible. Additional impetus to fisheries studies is derived from the fact that, unlike many other nations, the U.S. is the parent of the fractioned and diverse domestic industry. An overview of fishery policy problems, therefore, should contain the elements of the most severe problems on both of these levels. Before considering the options, we should pause for a brief report on the status of fisheries.