InternConvention for the Prohibition of Fishing with Long Driftnets in the South Pacific

Current status of the Convention

Date of Adoption

24 November 1989

Place of Adoption

Wellington, New Zealand

Date of Entry into Force

17 May 1991

Membership (States Eligible to become Party)

Open for signature (subject to ratification) by:

  • any member of the South Pacific Forum Fisheries Agency;
  • any State in respect of any Territory situated within the Convention Area for which it is internationally responsible; and
  • any Territory situated within the Convention Area which has been authorised to sign the Convention and to assume rights and obligations under it by the Government of any State which is internationally responsible for it

Open for accession by any of the above mentioned.


English, French

List of Participating States  (as at 01/08/1999)

Signature  Date

Ratification  Date

Accession  Date

Entry into Force

New Zealand 29/11/1989 17/05/1991   17/05/1991
Australia 02/02/1990 06/07/1992   06/07/1992
Cook Islands 29/11/1989 24/01/1990   17/05/1991
Fiji 11/08/1993 18/01/1994   18/01/1994
France 30/04/1990      
Fed. States of Micronesia 29/11/1989 20/12/1990   17/05/1991
Kiribati 13/02/1990 10/01/1992   10/01/1992
Marshall Islands 29/11/1989      
Nauru 13/02/1990 14/10/1992   14/10/1992
Niue 29/11/1989 09/06/1997   09/06/1997
Palau 29/11/1989 21/01/1999   21/01/1999
Samoa     09/09/1996 09/09/1996
Solomon Islands 07/03/1991 19/01/1998   19/01/1998
Tokelau 29/11/1989 17/05/1991   17/05/1991
Tuvalu 13/02/1990      
United States of America 14/11/1990 28/02/1992   28/02/1992
Vanuatu 13/02/1990      

Information provided by States that have not signed, ratified or acceded to the instrument but have signified their intention to do so.

On 17 February 1997, the Papua New Guinea Department of the Attorney-General sent a communication to the Government of New Zealand, advising that the requirements of the Convention had been taken account of in the Papua New Guinea Fisheries Act 1994.

Further information is available from the Ocean Law Publishing International Fisheries Law and Policy Portal(external link).


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