Well we have done a lot of work in addition
to negotiating legally binding agreements, we’ve also done a lot of work through the
UN system, the Food and Agricultural Organization as well as bilaterally and–and in concert
with other legal organizations to do capacity building, to do training, to do outreach,
to communicate these kinds of standards, to outline and help countries develop the capacity
to do the scientific assessments necessary to understand the status of their stocks,
to develop the regulatory and even legislative framework that would strengthen their laws,
to provide enforcement capacity, to make sure those laws are actually being respected and
implemented, and to report the data from their fisheries that is very important for collective
or global stocks assessments. In this way not only have we set the standards
but we’ve also been working to help those countries meet those standards. That’s an important part of the–the diplomacy
approach we can’t just tell them what they have to do; we have to help them and show
them how to do it. The FAO plays a significant role in this,
as the technical agency, they consolidate and communicate that information and it plays
a very important part in particularly developing coastal states and using those resources to
develop their–their systems and the regimes that they use for protection of their resources.