Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic and North Seas
[Abkommen fuer den Erhalt der kleinen Cetaceen der Ost- und Nordsee]
The Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic and North Seas (ASCOBANS) was concluded in 1991 under the auspices of the Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP/CMS or Bonn Convention) and entered into force in 1994. The Secretary General of the United Nations has assumed the functions of Depository of the Agreement. ASCOBANS is open for accession by all Range States (i.e. any state that exercises jurisdiction over any part of the range of a species covered by the Agreement or whose flag vessels engage in operations adversely affecting small cetaceans in the Agreement area) and by regional economic integration organisations. The ASCOBANS Area is defined as follows: "… the marine environment of the Baltic and North Seas, as delimited to the north-east by the shores of the Gulfs of Bothnia and Finland; to the south-west by latitude 48°30' N and longitude 5°W; to the north-west by longitude 5°W and a line drawn through the following points: latitude 60°N/longitude 5°W, latitude 61°N/longitude 4°W, and latitude 62°N/longitude 3°W; to the north by latitude 62°N; and including the Kattegat and the Sound and Belt passages but excluding the waters between Cape Wrath and St Anthony Head." Eight countries bordering the Baltic and/or North Seas have meanwhile become Parties to the Agreement: * Belgium * Denmark * Finland * Germany * The Netherlands * Poland * Sweden * United Kingdom Further States are considering accession. These nations and the non-Party Range States cooperating with ASCOBANS without having formally acceded to the Agreement share the common concern that continuously high bycatch rates, habitat deterioration and anthropogenic disturbance are likely to jeopardise the existence of small cetaceans in the Baltic and North Seas. Area-Map of Parties a
7. Dez 2003
10. Nov 2011