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

Register Voluntary Commitments
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.

Share your knowledge
All members of the Community Ocean Action can share their expertise, knowledge, best practices and respond to questions in the Knowledge Forum
The Communities of Ocean Action are open to anyone with a registered Voluntary Commitment in the Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments.

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Sustainable fisheries

Mangroves are highly productive ecosystems providing numerous goods and services that include support of fisheries, maintenance and improvement of water quality, coastal protection and carbon sequestration. Mangroves have been estimated to provide at least US$1.6 billion per year in ?ecosystem services? worldwide. Approximately 67% of global mangroves have been lost in the past century to coastal development, aquaculture, pollution and other human activities.

The importance of mangroves is reflected in more than 90 voluntary commitments that relate to the restoration, rehabilitation, protection and management of mangroves and associated ecosystems. These voluntary commitments reflect the vital role that mangroves play in supporting livelihoods of coastal communities, sustainable fisheries, resilience to the impacts of climate change and sequestering atmospheric CO2.

This community of practice aims to support its members in implementing their mangrove-related voluntary commitments by exchanging progress reports, experiences, lessons learned and good practices.

Updates & New Voluntary Commitments
Progress update
Advancing solutions oriented integrative ocean sustainability research within the Ocean Knowledge-Action Network (Ocean KAN), #OceanAction15422
In March, 2017, the Ocean KAN formed a development team to further its goals. The Development Team has held four meetings and is hosting an in-person meeting in February 2018 at the AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting, where we will also host a Town Hall further to engage ocean scientists into action-oriented research. The Ocean KAN is also currently formin [more]
Progress update
Sustainable Trade in Fisheries - Assisting Member States to Implement Effective, Inclusive and Sustainable Policies, #OceanAction18469
Side event on Fish Trade, Fisheries Subsidies and SDG 14
11th of December 2017
Jointly organised by UNCTAD-FAO-UNEP-Commonwealth

The event gave an opportunity to build political consensus behind the issue and gain a deeper understanding of some trade-related aspects of SDG 14 concerning life under the sea. Matters covered includ [more]
Progress update
Aquaconnect - A mobile app based market place to provide access to Aqua farmers to marine resources and markets , #OceanAction21917
Introduction of \'Sustainability Talk series\' enables Industry veterans workshop and interaction to promote sustainable aqua farming practices in India. \r\n\r\nAqua Connects \'Sustainability Talk series\' promotes the focuses on topics on sustainable production of seafood, training and employment in the rural region of Tamilnadu And Andhra. This [more]
Progress update
Database of support policies to fisheries - The Fisheries Support Estimate (FSE), #OceanAction14983
The OECD FSE database records USD 13 billion in support provided to fisheries by governments. It has been updated with new policies and countries included with data up to 2015. You can find the database at oe.cd/fse or learn more at http://www.oecd.org/agriculture/fisheries/fse.htm. A report based on this data is also available at http://www.oecd [more]
Progress update
Investing in Seychelles' Blue Future, #OceanAction16110
SeyCCAT's innovative financing mechanisms provide new resources to expand MPA coverage and to improve governance of priority fisheries, including the implementation of the Mahe plateau fishery management plan.

SeyCCAT's Blue Grants Fund will annually (from 2018) disperse, via a competitive process, over US$650,000 to projects that support [more]
New Commitment
Concept Design of Robotic Solar Powered Barges to Filter and Remove Oceanic Plastic, #OceanAction24152
A realistic and feasible solution to clean up the trillions of pieces of plastic garbage now building in massive Ocean Gyres around the World. Envisage a fleet of Solar Robotic Barges (SRBs) perpetually sailing between Oceanic Plastic Garbage Gyres and processing ports established as close as possible. The SRBs are guided by a combination of [more]
New Commitment
International Network for Multi‐Hazard Early Warning Systems (IN‐MHEWS) and Global Meteo-Alert System , #OceanAction23965
International Network for Multi‐Hazard Early Warning Systems (IN‐MHEWS) and Global Meteo-Alert System This initiative, launched in implementation of Goal 7 of the Sendai Framework () aims to promote the strengthening or introduction of multi-hazard warning systems in Small Island Developing States to protect life and property in the [more]
New Commitment
Unmanned/Autonomous Technologies For Ocean Protection and Production, #OceanAction23654
The objective is to develop unmanned/autonomous technologies for aiding ocean protection and production. The technologies will be developed, tested and evaluated in collaboration with multiple partners by bringing together groups of experts from different fields. The work will involve using existing commercially available technological capabilit [more]
New Commitment
Indonesian Waste Platform - Hub, #OceanAction16206
Indonesian Waste Platform - hub connecting Government, Universities, Companies, Grass root organizations/NGO/Community initiatives. The hub is used for dissemination of stakeholder's news, data, best-practices, lessons learned, government policies, technical information, research results, questions to peers, introductions, establish Uncommon Coll [more]
New Commitment
Mangrove Partnership Reporting Online Platform, #OceanAction23237
Monitoring, Partnership Reporting: States may wish to establish mechanisms to monitor and evaluate the implementation of these guidelines towards the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security, in accordance with their capacity and by building on existin [more]
New Commitment
Restoring dying and degraded coral reefs, #OceanAction22450
Coral Vita commits to planting thousands of corals to restore degraded reefs in the Caribbean over the next two years. As a mission-driven company committed to helping preserve coral reefs for future generations, we plan to launch our pilot coral farm by the end of 2017. There, we will be integrating breakthrough coral farming methods developed [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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