Preemption in the Fisheries and the United Nations' Law of the Sea Treaty

01 Jan 1986

This article will examine the potential serious impact on traditional patterns of fishery management in the United States if the Law of the Sea Treaty is eventually signed. Preemption, a process by which the federal government takes over fishery management within the coastal states' territorial waters, may be facilitated, and in some cases required, if the Treaty is adopted.