The agreement strives to achieve this goal by establishing a framework for cooperation in the conservation and management of these resources. It promotes good governance in the oceans through effective management and conservation of offshore resources, including setting detailed minimum international standards for the conservation and management of straddling fish stocks and large migratory fish stocks; Ensure that conservation and management measures for these stocks are compatible and consistent in areas under national jurisdiction and on the adjacent high seas; Ensure that effective mechanisms are in place to ensure compliance and implementation of these measures on the high seas; and recognising the specific conservation and management requirements of developing countries, as well as development and participation in fisheries for the two types of stocks mentioned above. The agreement was adopted on 4 August 1995 by the United Nations Conference on Straddling and Large Migratory Fish Stocks and opened for signature on 4 December 1995. It was ready for signature until 4 December 1996 and was signed by 59 states and institutions. The terms of entry into force of the agreement were met on 11 November 2001, when the Maltese Foreign Minister tabled an instrument for accession to the agreement with the Secretary-General. The instrument was the thirtieth instrument of ratification or accession tabled. The agreement entered into force on 11 December 2001, 30 days after the tabling of the 30th instrument of ratification or accession, in accordance with Article 40, paragraph 1, of the agreement. FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (1 November 1995) UN Conference on Straddling and Large Migratory Fish Stocks (1993-1995).