Indigenous Peoples recorded a major breakthrough at the ongoing World
Summit on Sustainable Development, when a provision calling for
restoration of depleted fisheries not later than 2015 was agreed to by the
The Agreement was the last in a series of provisions that recognizes that
the world's oceans and fisheries are in trouble and need urgent attention.
The concern has been one of the issues on the top of the agenda of the
Indigenous Peoples as contained in their Kimberley Declaration.
United Nations studies have shown that three-quarters of the world's
fisheries, are presently fished beyond their sustainable levels. The
situation has been compounded by biodiversity and environmental
degradation resulting from development activities.
An Indigenous delegate, from New Zealand and an activist on issues
concerning fisheries conservation and restoration, Pauline Tangiora,
termed the move as a major step towards responsible management of
"This agreement provides us with crucial underpinning for government
action, the depletion of fisheries poses a major threat to the food supply
to millions of people, and with the agreement, we hope it will now stop,"