Existing legislation and management instruments for the protection of seabed in the Argentine Continental Shelf


  • Esteban Gaitán Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo Pesquero (INIDEP), Paseo Victoria Ocampo Nº 1, Escollera Norte, B7602HSA - Mar del Plata, Argentina




Benthic invertebrates, conservation, Marine Protected Areas, ecosystemic approach


A compendium of binding instruments and non-binding instruments referring to the management and protection of seabed and/or benthic invertebrates of the Argentine Continental Shelf (ACS) is presented. National laws and international agreements to which Argentina is a signatory were analyzed, as well as FAO declarations that established principles and norms applicable to the conservation, management and development of fisheries and associated ecosystems. Based on this selected bibliography, the evolution of measures over time was analyzed according to the international context, in order to clarify what are the shortcomings and the achievements obtained in this process. It is concluded that Argentina advanced in the generation of policies in accordance with global guidelines that imply an ecosystem management and a greater protection of biodiversity, for example implementing Marine Protected Areas, as well as the statement of research and promotion plans that involve the study of the seabed. However, effective execution of some measures is partially accomplished due to the lack of regulation and/or financing. Preparation of research plans related to the study of the seabed included in the new outer limits of the ACS is pending.



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How to Cite

Gaitán , E. (2020) “Existing legislation and management instruments for the protection of seabed in the Argentine Continental Shelf”, Marine and Fishery Sciences (MAFIS), 33(2), pp. 247–263. doi: 10.47193/mafis.3322020301104.