Yonhap News Agency, Seoul, November 25th. The Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs held the first meeting of the parties to the "Agreement on the Prevention of Unregulated High Seas Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean" at the Incheon Polar Research Institute from the 23rd to the 25th.
In addition to the five countries of the United States, Russia, and Kadano along the coast of the Arctic Ocean, five stakeholders in South Korea, China, Japan, and Europe also signed the agreement, which took effect in June last year. The parties decided at the meeting to establish a Scientific Coordination Group (SCG) to replace the Interim Scientific Coordination Group (PSCG) to carry out research on marine biological resources and ecosystems, and to establish a monitoring project (JPSRM).
The Scientific Coordination Group meeting to be held next year will discuss how to carry out exploratory fishing (Exploratory Fishing) in the agreement area to assess the distribution of fishery resources and economic benefits before commercial fishing.
Hong Yingji, the polar cooperation representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who previously served as the interim vice-chairman of the Conference of the Parties, was elected vice-chairman at the meeting. Hong Yingji will work with Canada, the presidency, to implement the agreement. (Finish)
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