U.S. Senate may consider Law of the Sea treaty again



U.S. ambassador David Balton hopes that the third time will be the charm. The U.S. Senate's Committee on Foreign Relations currently is considering holding hearings for a third time regarding U.S. accession to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, a framework governing uses of the world's oceans. The committee could hold hearings as early as this month, Balton, deputy assistant secretary for oceans and fisheries at the U.S. Department of State, said at the AGU Science Policy Conference on 2 May.