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Enhance fishery management, control and surveillance in Uruguay and South Atlantic Ocean
The Direccin Nacional de Recursos Acuticos (DINARA, acronym in Spanish), of the Ministerio de Ganadera, Agricultura y Pesca (MGAP, acronym in Spanish) of Uruguay is responsible of regulate and promote the sustainable use of fishery resources and aquaculture by a responsible fishery and a processing that meets the hygienic sanitary and quality standards in order to make the most of available aquatic resources.

DINARA is committed with planning fishery policies founded in the Ecosystem Based Management of the aquatic environments. For this, formulates and executes research programs in the area of aquatic resources, aimed at generating and adapting technologies adapted to the needs of the country and the socio-economic conditions around the production and commercialization. It also promotes the development of the national scientific and technological heritage in the area, through research and studies carried out by DINARA itself in coordination with research programs that are carried out at public or private level. Also, DINARA is committed with the Agreement on Port State Measures to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

The objectives of DINARA are framed in the recently approved 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations, particularly with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. It also contributes to the SDG 17 Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
  • Reduction of fisheries by-catch and product waste/losses
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • Multiple use marine protected area
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, recognizing that appropriate and effective special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries should be an integral part of the World Trade Organization fisheries subsidies negotiation
Type of commitment
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Transfer of fishing technology
  • Community empowerment for fisheries management
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
  • Activities to raise awareness of the comprehensive legal and policy framework for the sustainable development of oceans and seas, in particular UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments and promote their effective im
  • Activities to develop the capacity of States towards broader participation in and effective implementation of UNCLOS and its implementing Agreements
Most important species for Uruguayan fisheries evaluated and managed based on scientific assessment
Fortify Ecosystem Based Management fishery plans
Strengthen implementation of Port State Measures Agreement
Elaboration of the National Plan of Action to Prevent, Deter, and Eliminate IUU Fishing
Staff / Technical expertise
Inspection of foreign fishing vessels arriving to Uruguayan ports
In-kind contribution
Research Vessel campaigns and observer programs
Staff / Technical expertise
Scientific advice for fish stock assessment
Basic information
Time-frame: 06/2017 - 12/2021
DINARA (Government) Servicio de Oceanografía, Hidrografía y Meteorología de la Armada (SOHMA) (Government)
Ocean Basins
  • South Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Daniel Gilardoni, Director, direcciongeneral@dinara.gub.uy,
Montevideo, Uruguay
Other SDGs
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