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1984 Protocol Amending the Interim Convention on Conservation of
North Pacific Fur Seals

Done at Washington 12 October 1984

Did not enter into force (interim convention expired before this
protocol came into force)

The Governments of Canada, Japan, the Union of Soviet Socialist
Republics, and the United States of America,

Parties to the Interim Convention on Conservation of North Pacific Fur
Seals, signed at Washington on February 9, 1957, as amended and
applied, hereinafter referred to as the Convention,

Desiring to amend the Convention,

Have agreed as follows:

Article I

The Convention shall be applied as amended by this Protocol as from
the date of its entry into force.

Article II

In Article V, paragraph 2(e) of the Convention, "at the end of the
twenty-fifth year after entry into force of the Convention" is
replaced by "by October 13,1986".

Article III

In Article XI of the Convention, "in the twenty-sixth year after entry
into force of the Convention" is replaced by "within the one year
period prior to October 14,1987".

Article IV

In Article XIII of the Convention, paragraph 4 is replaced by the
following:

"4. The Convention shall continue in force until October 13,1987 and
thereafter until the entry into force of a new or revised fur seal
convention between the Parties, or until October 13, 1988, whichever
may be the earlier; provided, however, that the Convention shall
terminate one year from the day on which a Party gives written notice
to the other Parties of an intention of terminating the Convention."

Article V

1. This Protocol shall be subject to ratification or acceptance.
Instruments of ratification or acceptance shall be deposited with the
Government of the United States of America as soon as possible.

2. A signatory Government which intends to ratify or accept this
Protocol may notify the Government of the United States of America
that it will apply this Protocol provisionally in accordance with its
laws and regulations pending the fulfilment of domestic constitutional
requirements for ratification or acceptance.

3. The Government of the United States of America shall notify the
other signatory Governments of ratifications or acceptance deposited
and of notifications of provisional application made.

4. This Protocol shall enter into force provisionally on the date on
which instruments of ratification or acceptance have been deposited
with or the notifications of provisional application as referred to in
paragraph 2 above have been made to the Government of the United
States of America by all the signatory Governments . It shall continue
in force provisionally until the date on which it enters into force
definitively in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 5.

5. This Protocol shall enter into force definitively on the date on
which instruments of ratification or acceptance have been deposited
with the Government of the United States of America by all the
signatory Governments.

6. The original of this Protocol shall be deposited with the
Government of the United States of America, which shall communicate
certified copies thereof to each of the Governments signatory to this
Protocol.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the undersigned, being duly authorized by their
respective Governments, have signed this Protocol.

DONE at Washington this 12th day of October, 1984, in the English,
French, Japanese, and Russian languages, each text being equally
authentic.

STATEMENT BY THE GOVERNMENTS OF CANADA, JAPAN, THE UNION OF SOVIET
SOCIALIST REPUBLICS, AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ON THE SIGNING
OF THE 1984 PROTOCOL AMENDING THE INTERIM CONVENTION ON CONSERVATION
OF NORTH PACIFIC FUR SEALS

The Governments of Canada, Japan, the Union of Soviet Socialist
Republics, and the United States of America (hereinafter referred to
as the "Governments"), Parties to the Interim Convention on
Conservation of North Pacific Fur Seals, as amended and applied
(hereinafter referred to as the "Convention), noted that, through
their efforts, the North Pacific Fur Seal Commission (hereinafter
referred to as the "Commission) has made an important contribution
during the past quarter century to the conservation and management of
North Pacific fur seal resources, and to the maintenance of a healthy
ecosystem that includes such resources.

Therefore, the Governments expressed their intention to ratify or
accept the 1984 Protocol Amending the Interim Convention on
Conservation of North Pacific Fur Seals in order to enable the
Commission to continue its effective role in achieving the objectives
of the Convention.

At the same time, the Governments noted that concern had been
expressed on the decline of the fur seal populations, current economic
conditions, and other problems of fur seal conservation and
utilization.

As a result of the concern expressed, the Governments have expressed
their shared view:

(1) that, in accordance with Article II of the Convention, additional
research should be conducted concerning current aspects of fur seal
conservation including the problem of entanglement of fur seals in
lost or discarded fishing nets, gear, and other debris;

(2) that, in accordance with Article X of the Convention, and in
conformity with their national laws, the Governments will take
appropriate measures to prohibit the disposal at sea in the Convention
areas of synthetic materials, such as fishing nets, or parts thereof,
fishing gear, ropes, packing bands, and other debris which might lead
to the entanglement of fur seals, in accordance with the provisions of
the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of
Wastes and Other Matter, of December 29, 1972;

(3) that, in accordance with Article X of the Convention, it may be
necessary during the interim period of the Convention to take into
account unforeseen circumstances as noted by the States of fur seal
origin in considering measures to be taken for conservation and
management of the fur seal populations; and

(4) that, taking into account Article XIII, paragraphs 4 and 5, as
well as Article V, paragraph 2(e), within two years after the entry
into force of the 1984 Protocol Amending the Interim Convention on
Conservation of North Pacific Fur Seals and considering current
factors, the Governments will review the operation of the Convention
to determine what further agreements would be desirable in order to
achieve the objectives of the Convention.

DONE at Washington this 12th day of October, 1984 in the English,
French, Japanese, and Russian languages, each text being equally
authentic.