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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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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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WWF-New Zealand is committed to supporting New Zealand develop an effective network of MPAs.
It is our priority to support NZ to develop an effective network of MPAs that is representative of the full range of critical habitats, well connected and in-line with cultural values. Through this mechanism, we aim to support sustainable fisheries for our communities, enhance resilience to climate change and protect biodiversity. We are working [more]
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Sustaining Blue Growth from Marine Fisheries
Will train 90 graduate students annually including 15 female through teaching, field visit, case studies and community engagement.
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Tuna from Responsible Fishing
OPAGAC is a Producers Organization created in 1982, is a tuna purse seine organization, concentrating 8 ship owner companies. They operate 40 vessels that catch more than 300,000 tonnes of tropical tunas, that is 6% of the World tuna catch, operating in the three major Oceans and under the jurisdiction of the 4 tuna RFMOs: ICCAT, IOTC, IATTC and W [more]
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Support to Ocean Preservation through Advocacy
To popularise the Ocean Commitments and programs by launching Massive advocacy in places where information on Ocean is low or lacking. There should be Community consultations, leading to talks and feed backs as a back up to reach the un-reached communities through advocacy and sensitisation. Implementation methodology is by developing a communicati [more]
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Planning Meetings for The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030
1) Engage and consult relevant communities regarding contributions to the objectives of the Decade, with priority given to engaging early career scientists and disadvantaged groups and regions and to the science -policy interface, building on the outputs of regional and global consultations undertaken; 2) Capacity development through organization o [more]
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Regional Coastal Biodiversity Project
In order to provide human wellbeing benefits for current and future generations, the Regional Coastal Biodiversity Project works to reduce the threats to biodiversity in coastal-marine ecosystems in the Northern Triangle countries of Central America. Coastal-marine areas and associated upland ecosystems in Central America exhibit high biodiver [more]
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Improved Coastal Watersheds and Livelihoods project
By 2019, the Improved Coastal Watersheds and Livelihoods project will improve natural resource management of the Goascoran lower watershed and coastal zone in order to maximize four outcomes: 1) habitat for biodiversity, 2) water-related ecosystem services, 3) climate change adaptation and mitigation, and 4) economic returns from sustainable produc [more]
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