'We're pooping in our kennel' -Jane Fonda on the ocean

STORY: "Even dogs don't poop in their kennel because they know that the kennel provides security and a home for them. We're pooping in our kennel," Fonda said. "We are not behaving right and why the treaty is important is it will force us to behave right."

Green groups believe a legally binding ocean protection treaty will decide whether efforts to safeguard global biodiversity can succeed.

Talks were suspended in August with countries unable to reach a deal on financing. Sharing proceeds of "marine genetic resources" and the creation of ocean environmental impact assessment rules for development were also sticking points.

Experts familiar with the negotiations said major parties have now moved closer together on key issues as new talks begin, though compromises were still being sought.