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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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Blue Justice for Small-Scale Fisheries
The majority of the worlds fisheries are small-scale. They employ millions of people - men and women, providing them with income, jobs and livelihoods, make significant contribution to local and national food security, and are integral to the social fabric, cultural identity and heritage of many coastal communities around the world. In recent years [more]
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Arctic Ocean and Coastal Community Sustainable Collaborations
At The Arctic Institute, our team puts well-researched evidence into action. Both a think-and-do-tank, we believe that policy recommendations and capacity building programs must be rooted in strategic, field-based research. That's why were committed to providing practical projects backed by rigorous research. As water warms and ice melts, the Arcti [more]
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Taking actions towards our ocean through environmental education in Guatemala
To implement education, scientific and community development programs that promote the conservation and correct use of the ocean and its marine life. In this sense, as an organization, we are willing to increase scientific knowledge in the population of Guatemala, this, by doing scientific research and connecting people with the oceans through [more]
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Reducing Marine Pollution/protecting ecosystems/sustainable fishing/conservation of coastal and marine areas/implementing and enforcing international sea law
We are a Marine conservation charity based on the Isle of Wight UK acting locally and thinking globally. We have a 3-pronged approach to pollution at sea: 1. "Operation Seasweep" utilises our "MantaRay" seasweep device which can be adapted to any size ocean surface area from harbours, lakes to oceans and which filters the surface for floating deb [more]
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CASA DEI PESCI
Fish Home (Casa dei pesci) Project for the preservation and enrichment of the Maremma Sea The Fish Home project is the realization of a dream, the dream of Paolo Fanciulli, fisherman of the Maremma region, whose passion for the sea has inspired many battles for the preservation of the marine environment, attracting the empathy of hundreds of peopl [more]
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Small-Scale Fisheries Academy in Senegal
With active support of different professional associations organising people along all aspects of the value chain in the sector, academic partners and encouraged by other civil society organisations, upon proposal of Mundus maris asbl, the organising committee invited a wide array of sector stakeholders to the inaugural session of the small-scale f [more]
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Illuminating Hidden Harvests: The contribution of small-scale fisheries to sustainable development
Small-scale fisheries are a vital source of livelihoods for millions, particularly in developing countries, and provide food and nutrition for billions. Despite this, SSF continue to be underreported and undervalued, causing them to receive little policy attention and investment at the national, regional and international levels. In response, FAO, [more]
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Coastal Restoration Society
Coastal Restoration Society (CRS) is strategically positioned as a global leader in marine habitat restoration. Our quick response team is capable of handling pollution spill emergencies in the most demanding marine environments. CRS offers deployment response times of less than 24 hours for assets and personnel within Canada, and 48 - 72 ho [more]
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Turtle Excluder Device implementaiton in Malaysia
We introduce Turtle Excluder Devices to fishers and government agencies and get these installed in shrimp trawl fisheries to reduce the accidental capture of endangered sea turtles, leading to more sustainable fisheries. In 2017 four Malaysian States made the use of TEDs mandatory in shrimp trawl fisheries, and we are now working to get the rest of [more]
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Community-based sustainable development of the Sundarbans coastal ecosystem in Bangladesh
NGO CCEC (REGD 1085) is registered by the NGO Affairs Bureau, government of Bangladesh with vision, mission and value as follow: @Vision: Community-based sustainable development of the Sundarbans coastal ecosystem in Bangladesh @Mission: Environmental sustainability of the Sundarbans coastal ecosystem and poverty reduction of climate-vulnerab [more]
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Mangroves Cultivation and Seawall Protection
Cochin Social Service Society stands for poor and deprived people of the country. KLM and KUFF is the program aimed at protecting fishermen and oceans. KUFF (Kerala United Fishermen Forum) aimed at protecting fishermen inhabiting both the coastal slums and islands. Through this program the unorganized and exploited inland women fish workers have [more]
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Humpback Whale Research Project, Bermuda
Identification of humpback whales in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean during the whales' pelagic migration from their southern breeding/calving grounds in the West Indies to their feeding grounds on the Eastern Seaboard of the USA, Eastern Canada, Labrador, Greenland, Iceland and perhaps Norway. With a private catalogue of 1,500 individual fl [more]
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