near Palmyra Atoll in the Pacific.
Melon-headed whales near Palmyra Atoll in the Pacific. © Tim Calver


Lawmakers Urge Ratification of International Marine Treaty

Arlington, Va.

Sens. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today reintroduced a resolution asking the Senate to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which governs the use of marine natural resources.

“The Nature Conservancy supports the call of Sens. Hirono and Murkowski for the Senate to move quickly to ratify UNCLOS,” said Lynn Scarlett, vice president for policy and government relations for The Nature Conservancy. “Ratification ensures that the United States may fully engage with other countries and international organizations on negotiations and disputes related to ocean use and protection. U.S. ratification provides the United States an opportunity to weigh in on the many issues addressed by UNCLOS to protect the health and biodiversity of the world’s oceans.”

More than 160 other nations have already ratified the international treaty, which sets countries’ jurisdictions, rights and responsibilities related to the use and conservation of the ocean and its natural resources. 

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