There are currently maritime regions, such as the South China Sea, that are involved in a stalemate of disputes involving multiple countries. Additionally fishermen in countries like France and England have recently been involved in aggressive disputes, including dangerous instances of boat ramming. Stricter laws are needed internationally so that there is no room for interpretation or exceptions within the law, the UN should be spearheading this issue to minimise such acts of aggression and disputes.
The United Nations has appointed the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), an autonomous organisation, to oversee international shipping regulations and international sea safety law. The IMO has already arranged a series of international conventions regarding maritime safety, pollution, rescue, sea boundaries and fishing restrictions. However, to date there are many countries that have not fully ratified or even signed some of these conventions, a key reason for the large number of maritime disputes. The IMO needs to get all treaties ratified before more laws can then be passed for stricter control of the seas.