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

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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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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

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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Indigenous People, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and Climate Change: The Iconic Underwater Cultural Heritage of Stone Tidal Weirs
The UN has declared the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), encouraging and supporting many initiatives to help in identifying the knowledge for sustainable development, generating this knowledge and understanding of the ocean, or increasing the use of ocean knowledge. Traditional ecological knowledge has been develope [more]
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Plan Sea: Ocean-Based Solutions to Climate Change
Plan Sea: Ocean-Based Solutions to Climate Change recognizes that while the world\\\'s oceans are being profoundly impacted climate change, and this will accelerate in the future, there are opportunities to develop ocean-based climate solutions that can also provide substantial co-benefits in terms of pursuit of a number of the Sustainable Developm [more]
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Parliamentary Campaign for Protection of the Oceans and Implementation of SDG 14
PGA, a non-profit, non-partisan international network of approximately 1,200 legislators in 136 elected parliaments around the globe, aims to promote peace, democracy, the rule of law, human rights, gender equality and population issues by informing, convening, and mobilizing parliamentarians to realize these goals. PGAs Parliamentary Campaign for [more]
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Open & transparent delivery of knowledge for fisheries management in support of SDG 14.4
ICES mission is to advance and share scientific understanding of marine ecosystems and the services they provide and to use this knowledge to generate state-of-the-art advice for meeting conservation, management, and sustainability goals. ICES advice is independent and based on the best available knowledge. To remain relevant and credible, it shoul [more]
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Responsible Sourcing Policy (RSP) for Tuna fishing operations
PNG Fishing Industry Association (PNG FIA) is promoting and supporting initiatives that guide certain activities associated with its member's fishing operation: to minimize incidental mortality of non-target species and impacts on marine ecosystems, manage and control abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear in the marine environment, m [more]
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Update of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan
HELCOM commits to updating the Baltic Sea Action Plan by 2021, and to include, in the update, increased support for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.Baltic Sea Action Plan is HELCOM's strategic programme of actions and measures for achieving good environmental and ecolo [more]
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Creating awareness through education & community programs on Sustainable Ocean ecosystem in North Borneo, Sabah. We commit to enhancing impact - creating awareness through education & community programs for a sustainable ocean ecosystem by tapping into our community of coastline communities, business owners, consumers, scientists, NGO's and artists [more]
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Prof. Dr. Sergio Mattos Fonseca
The circular economy rethinks the production process and contributes to the understanding and implementation of the concept of sustainability from innovation to circular business models, sharing, circularity design, reuse, remanufacturing and others, many values and opportunities are created. Added to the project, the importance of Environmental Ed [more]
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Implementation of International law and scientific research development of the sea. OBJECTIVES : To create awareness and sensitization on the negative impact of water pollution and acidification on fishery in Nigeria and Abroad.. METHODOLOGY : 2 Webinars, 1 Seminar and 3 Workshop with field work will be conducted on water pollution and acidi [more]
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Sustainable Brazilian Ocean and Coasts Initiative
The objective of this commitment is to contribute for the development of marine mentality at Brazil. The implementation methodology consists mainly of guiding and conducting research related to marine sustainability; publish informational material on the sustainability of coastal and marine areas. For example, we developed a website to display [more]
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Restoring and protecting the ocean
Project Zero is a global movement supported by renowned scientists, business leaders, campaigners, culture makers and ocean experts, who are all working together to awaken the fight for the ocean. Project Zero works to raise global awareness and ignite behaviour change that benefits the ocean and raises new revenue to complete the most pressing pr [more]
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Policy strategies to declare 30% of the Uruguayan EEZ a Marine Protected Area MPA -EBSA-
The Sanctuary for Whales and Dolphins is considered the biggest protected areas in Uruguay (125.057 km2), declared by law 19.128 in 2013, as a result of the OCC campaign together with local communities especially K-12 students. The new important contribution is a multipurpose Marine Protected Area MPA's off-shore, in the same national waters of the [more]
Voluntary Commitments
Knowledge Forum
Focal points
  • Mr. Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Mr. Manuel Barange, Director, Fisheries Division, FAO
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