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Sustainable fisheries
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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
Taking actions towards our ocean through environmental education in Guatemala, #OceanAction28407
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]
New Commitment
CASA DEI PESCI, #OceanAction28342
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]
New Commitment
Small-Scale Fisheries Academy in Senegal, #OceanAction28293
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]
New Commitment
Illuminating Hidden Harvests: The contribution of small-scale fisheries to sustainable development, #OceanAction28237
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]
New Commitment
Coastal Restoration Society, #OceanAction28200
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]
New Commitment
Turtle Excluder Device implementaiton in Malaysia, #OceanAction28158
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]
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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