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Sustainable fisheries
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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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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.

Updates & New Voluntary Commitments
Progress update
Promoting standards for sustainable fisheries management and traceability of fish products on a global scale, #OceanAction16466
On 23-24 April 2018, the UNECE Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries met during UN/CEFACT's biennial forum in Geneva; it was attended by 21 experts from across the globe, hailing from national government agencies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. At this meeting, the team discussed technica [more]
Progress update
Improving the effectiveness of coastal and marine resource management in the Philippines, #OceanAction27475
The octopus closed season pilot in Jambiani, Zanzibar could not be realized due to strong opposition. With all neighboring villages on the southern east coast of Zanzibar participating, the project became too big and enforcement was not taken serious enough. The opposition formed in Jambiani comprising a group of about one hundred fishers who were [more]
Progress update
Implementation of a monitoring and sensitization program in peruvian industrial anchovy fishery, based on the ecosystem management approaches, #OceanAction17800
The experience of TASA was collected in a handbook called Pesca Responsable and registered in *INDECOPI under file number N 1058-2017. This handbook details the stages of the program, the Sustainable Fishery Kit on Board and the educational material like syllabus and methodology guide used for training. During 2018, we are going to prepare a new ed [more]
Progress update
Partnership with African Coastal States to Eradicate IUU Fishing in their Sovereign Waters by 2020, #OceanAction17190
In January 2018, Sea Shepherd expanded its mission into East Africa through a new partnership with the Tanzanian government -- called Operation Jodari -- to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and other crimes. Sea Shepherd is helping to train and assist Tanzanian officers in monitoring, control and surveillance of all fishing a [more]
Progress update
Promote information and Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for the sustainability of small scale fisheries in the context of food security and poverty eradication., #OceanAction14945
CoopeSoliDar R.L together with fisher organizations has been developing communitary mapping of the marine territories of small scale fishers in the process towards the recognition of Marine Responsible Fishing Areas in the Pacific and Caribbean coast of the country. Together with the governmental institutions fishers and other civil society organiz [more]
Progress update
Promoting standards for sustainable fisheries management and traceability of fish products on a global scale, #OceanAction16466
On 29 and 30 January 2018, the UNECE Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries held its first formal meeting, in Geneva; it was attended by 80 delegates representing national government agencies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. At this meeting, the Team discussed and approved the Vision and Mi [more]
New Commitment
Blueribbon Ocean Conversation Association , #OceanAction27880
BlueRibbon Ocean Conservation Association (BROCA), founded in Sanya, Hainan Province on June 1, 2007, is a non-profit NGO dedicated to ocean education and awareness raising, marine debris clean-up, coastal ecosystem conservation and the promotion of developing a non-governmental ocean conservation network in China. The Blue Ribbon Ocean Conservati [more]
New Commitment
Protecting Kep Archipelago, #OceanAction27759
Marine Conservation Cambodia (MCC) is an independent community based NGO with a respected national environmental policy and advocacy role. MCC is committed to: protecting and restoring healthy and sustainable marine ecosystems, strengthening their resilience supporting and empowering small-scale fishing communities whos people, for generation [more]
New Commitment
Youth & MSP , #OceanAction27744
The main objective of the strategy is to increase the interest of youth on ocean sciences and especially on the process of maritime spatial planning. The idea is to use comics and cartoons to spread the word about the need to plan the seas, and the global need of maritime spatial planning processes. In the future also make partnerships with comic c [more]
New Commitment
Sustainable Ocean Ambassador (SOA), #OceanAction27732
Sustainable Ocean Ambassador has been mobilizing, showcasing, endorsing the sustainable use of oceans by 1. promote, demonstrate, empowering food operators and academia to zero waste operations including no single use plastic, up cycling ocean waste and plastic waste to valuable products and arts, art exhibition, training. 2. eliminating use [more]
New Commitment
respectOcean- Promotion of Best Practices , #OceanAction27723
RespectOcean is based on the creation of a network of maritime companies and organizations (associations, professional organizations, etc.), united around the same commitment and responsibility towards the sea and all its stakeholders . The association RespectOcean includes companies and actors committed to sustainable economic development to prote [more]
New Commitment
Strengthening the resilience of Coastal Communities for Climate Change, #OceanAction27677
M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) stands for Harnessing science and technology for sustainable development through a pro-poor, pro nature, pro women and pro-sustainability approach. The foundation also believes in combining modern science with action research to influence policy issues. MSSRF works in the areas of Coastal Systems Researc [more]
Voluntary Commitments
Knowledge Forum
Focal points
  • Mr. Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Mr. Árni M Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General for Fisheries and Aquaculture, FAO
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