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Not a drop in the ocean – key successes by the Common Oceans ABNJ Program

4580 - Global Sustainable Fisheries Management and Biodiversity Conservation in the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ)

22 Apr 2021

Global ABNJ Fisheries Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management Marine

Our Common Oceans - the marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) - is the home of vitally important ecosystems and essential resources, but they are difficult to manage. Tasked with the mission to improve fisheries management and biodiversity conservation in the ABNJ, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and partners set to work on the Common Oceans ABNJ Program. Between 2014-2019, the Program made significant strides in improving tuna fisheries, tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, and protecting marine life and vulnerable ecosystems. All of this was more than just a drop in the ocean, but we need to do more to ensure that our Common Oceans are managed sustainably for future generations.