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As a member of the Community of Ocean Action, you can contribute in several ways.

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The Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments remains open for all stakeholders to register their ocean action. We encourage all to stakeholders to register their ocean action to show their commitment to SDG 14.

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All stakeholders with a registered Voluntary Commitment are welcome to share their progress of its implementation on an ongoing basis. Updates will be featured on this page and in the Ocean Action monthly newsletter.

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Sustainable fisheries

Marine fisheries are a key source of economic and food security, providing livelihoods for the 300 million people involved in the sector, and helping meet the nutritional needs of the 3 billion people who rely on fish as an important source of animal protein, essential micronutrients and omega-3 fatty acids. Estimates suggest that small-scale fishers and related workers comprise over 90 percent of people employed globally in capture fisheries and related activities. Poor fisheries management results in declines in fish stocks, bycatch species and ecosystem effects, as well as in foregone revenues of roughly US$80 billion annually, highlighting the importance of improving the sustainability of this sector.

Sustainable management of fisheries was one of the most common activities registered in the voluntary commitments. More than 480 commitments touch on fisheries either as a single goal or as part of a suite of activities aimed at improving environmental sustainability, livelihoods and economies. These activities include commitments to sustainable seafood, to implementation of the Port State Measures Agreement and Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries, strengthening of Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs), and community empowerment and market access for small-scale fishers.

This Community of Ocean Action aims to support its members in implementing their voluntary commitments related to sustainable fisheries by exchanging progress reports, experiences, lessons learned and good practices.

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One Gulf of California (1GC)
Work with Mexican state governments (Sinaloa, Sonora, Baja California, Baja California Sur) and civil society in coastal communities surrounding the Gulf of California to co-create 2 year action plans, with concrete steps -- commitments -- to end marine pollution and ensure sustainable fishing practices in the Gulf of California.\\r\\n\\r\\nThis mo [more]
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Creating awareness and ensuring access to technology through education & community programs
The Foundation is an initiative to promote environmental conservation in general, spread awareness about climate change and empower the coastal communities, youth to take necessary action. The Foundation acts as a facilitator between communities, industry, government agencies, academic & research institutes to achieve its objectives. It has been in [more]
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A Maritime Strategy for the sustainable development of the blue economy in Catalonia
On 12 June 2018, the Government of Catalonia approved the 2030 Maritime Strategy of Catalonia together with its first multiannual Strategic Plan for the period 2018-2021, which is a roadmap of specific actions to be implemented by the various ministries and stakeholders. The 2030 Vision of the Strategy is to fully develop the potential of the blue [more]
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Ocean University Initiative
Ocean University Initiative has been launched by the University of Brest with the support of local authorities and many of our local and national science partners. Brest/Western part of Brittany hosts the largest concentration of marine research in France and France has put a large investment into concentrating research capacities in this area. T [more]
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Sea Turtle Conservation
The Students’ Sea Turtle Conservation Network is a voluntary group working on olive ridley sea turtle conservation from 1988-89 on a 14 Km stretch of beach in Chennai city. In earlier years poaching of eggs was a major motivator for volunteers to take up this ex-situ conservation work. Later, the growing city with its brightly lit beaches an [more]
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Design and implementation of a national fisheries governance model based on co-management
Based on prior successful pilot projects, the Government of Catalonia adopted the Decree 118/2018, of 19 June, on the governance model for professional fishing in Catalonia. This legal text provides for the first time in Europe a legal framework for true fisheries co-management. The model is based on co-management committees (CoCs) integrated by re [more]
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Action and Outreach on Ocean Acidification
We will work with primary affected stakeholders like fishermen, tribes, and coastal communities to educate them about the issues, provide solutions, and help them speak up for their best interests (and the oceans!). Including at least 10 workshops per year and publishing our Ocean Acidification Report 3-4x/yr: which mails to approx ~7000 people in [more]
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Oceans Plastic Pollution - Save Marine Life and Human Health
We are turning our beautiful Oceans into a plastic soup. About 8 million tons of plastic enters the oceans every year, and at this rate, we face a future with more plastic in the Ocean than fish by 2050. Our plastic addiction and waste mismanagement are condemning countless marine birds and animals to death by entanglement or poisoning, and even le [more]
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Fostering Improvement in Fisheries and Aquaculture Operations in Asia
1. Develop strategies and tools with the direct engagement of the producers via an ISEAL compliant, consensus-based approach to define and incentivize improvement. 2. Design tools that allow multiple compliance points for engagement with producers at all levels of performance 3. Build tools that reflect the realities facing producers while seekin [more]
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5th Year Anniversary Mangrove Tree Planting @ Barangay Lawin 11, Cavite City, Philippines
The objectives of the 5th Anniversary Mangrove Tree Planting are to promote, create community awareness and outreach while implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals # 14, 13,12,11, 4, and 3. With multisectoral partnerships and collaborations coastal cleanups, mangrove tree planting, urban gardening, eco bricks are executed usi [more]
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Te Haumihi
Ngāti Kuri is leading the facilitation and coordination of ongoing conversations and connections for Taiātea across our Pacific Island collaborative. We are an iwi descended from the founding peoples of the northernmost peninsula of Aotearoa (New Zealand). We have vast areas of ocean and land under our guard [more]
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