Given their highly mobile nature, many marine mammals and migratory species face a series of multifaceted conservation threats and a complex system for their protection. An array of legal instruments applies to these species, including leading global treaties, to more specialised regional and species-specific arrangements. This chapter considers the regulation of marine mammals, notably cetaceans, under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the whaling regime. Particular attention is also given to the innovative structure of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals and the myriad subsidiary instruments that have been adopted to advance the conservation of the extensive range of aquatic species adopted under its auspices.
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