Convention for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPFC)
Current status of the Convention
Date of Adoption
5 September 2000
Place of Adoption
Honolulu, United States of America
Requirements for Entry into Force
Pursuant to Article 36, entry into force will be 30 days after the deposit of instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession of:
- three states situated north of the 20 parallel of north latitude and
- seven states situated south of the 20 parallel of north latitude.
General Entry into Force
19 June 2004
Membership (States Eligible to become Party)
Open for signature (subject to ratification, acceptance or approval) until 5/9/2001.
The following states are eligible to become party to the Convention:
Australia, Canada, China, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji Islands, France, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Republic of Palau, Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Philippines, Republic of Korea, Independent State of Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, in respect of Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno islands, United States of America and Republic of Vanuatu.
List of Participating States (as at 26/03/2007)
Entry Into Force
|People's Republic of China**||02/12/2004 (accession)||02/12/2004|
|European Community||20/12/2004 (accession)||20/01/2005|
|Federated States of Micronesia||05/09/2000||20/12/2003||19/06/2004|
|Republic of Kiribati||09/06/2003 (accession)||19/06/2004|
|Republic of Korea||5/09/2000||26/10/2004 (accession)||26/11/2004|
|Republic of the Marshall Islands||05/09/2000||23/04/2001||19/06/2004|
|Republic of Nauru||05/09/2000||26/08/2003||19/06/2004|
|Republic of Palau||17/10/2001||02/11/2005||02/12/2005|
|Independent State of Papua New Guinea||5/09/2000||17/10/2001||19/06/2004|
|Republic of the Philippines||5/09/2000||17/06/2005||17/07/2005|
|The Independent State of Samoa||23/04/2001||9/02/2001||19/06/2004|
|Kingdom of Tonga||23/04/2001||13/10/2003||19/06/2004|
|United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (for Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands)|
|The United States of America****||05/09/2000||27/06/2007||27/07/2007|
|Republic of Vanuatu||23/04/2001||06/10/2005||06/11/2005|
*On 19 December 2003 the Government of New Zealand advised that, in accordance with Article 43, Tokelau is authorised by the Government of New Zealand to participate in the Commission and its subsidiary bodies.
**Upon accession, the Government of the People’s Republic of China advised that the Convention shall apply to the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China but not to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China prior to further notice by the Government of the People’s Republic of China.
*** On 12 May 2005, the Government of France advised that, in accordance with Article 43, French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna, are authorised by the Government of France to participate in the Commission and its subsidiary bodies.
****Upon ratification, the Government of the United States of America advised that, in accordance with Article 43, American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are authorised by the Government of United States of America to participate in the Commission and its subsidiary bodies.
On 5 September 2000 a representative of Chinese Taipei signed an Arrangement for the Participation of Fishing Entities. On 2 November 2004, in accordance with that Arrangement, Chinese Taipei advised the Depositary that it had fulfilled its domestic requirements and that it agreed to be bound by the regime established by the Convention in accordance with its Article 9(2) and to participate as a Member in the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean.
Further information is available from the Ocean Law Publishing International Fisheries Law and Policy Portal (external link).