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Mercury Contents in Commercial Billfish Species of the Western Central Atlantic
Category: Oceans Partnership
Type of document: Communication material
This document provides an overview of the Caribbean Billfish Project's study on Mercury Contents in Commercial Billfish Species of the Western Central Atlantic. 
BioFAD Project in Ghana - Activity Report, September-November 2018
Category: Tuna & Biodiversity
Type of document: Reports
This study is part of a pilot project coordinated by the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation(ISSF), with support provided by the Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project , to test the use of biodegradable and non-entangling Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) in collaboration with Ghanaian fleets. The initiative addresses some of the challenges facing the fishing sector by implementing best practice solutions to reduce both ghost-fishing due to entanglement in FAD structure, and the amount of plastic used to construct FAD´s structures, with the aim to contribute to achieving responsible, efficient and sustainable fisheries and biodiversity conservation. The present document shows the activities conducted within the project from September 2018 to November 2018.
Catch documentation schemes for deep-sea fisheries in the ABNJ - Their value, and options for implementation
Category: Deep Seas & Biodiversity
Type of document: Technical papers
This paper discusses the potential value of catch documentation schemes (CDS) in deep-sea fisheries (DSF), and the implementation modalities that have to be envisaged, to ensure the effectiveness of this trade-based tool to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The paper argues that CDS are indeed capable of directly addressing a number of IUU fishing practices known to occur in DSF, and that their adoption would improve compliance with fisheries management requirements. Key infringements that may be directly detected and addressed through a CDS include – but are not limited to – violations of closed areas harbouring protected vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs) in the deep ocean, and quota overfishing. The paper also establishes the notion that partial coverage of given species through a CDS at the level of individual RFMOs is incongruous from a trade monitoring and control perspective, and that CDS should be considered as either/or propositions with regard to species coverage. With most DSF species having broad distributions straddling many RFMOs, the implementation modality that avails itself as the most suitable option, enabling the operation of an effective CDS, is that of a centrally operated electronic CDS platform – called a super-CDS – shared by a plurality of institutional and state players.
Global review of orange roughy (hoplostethus atlanticus), their fisheries, biology and management
Category: Deep Seas & Biodiversity
Type of document: Technical papers
This publication is intended to provide a range of stakeholders and interested parties with an understanding of orange roughy fisheries around the world. The report covers historical aspects of the regional development of orange roughy fisheries, biology, stock assessment, ecosystem interactions, and key management issues. Recent developments in science and approaches to management are specifically highlighted with respect to future management of sustainable deepwater orange roughy fisheries. The sustainability of orange roughy fisheries, or other fisheries for long-lived deepwater species, has been widely discussed. These reviews invariably draw on the common global experience of previous poor understanding about orange roughy productivity, rapid development of targeted industrial fisheries, the associated likelihood of overfishing and extended timescales for stock recovery, and an ensuing series of “boom and bust” orange roughy fisheries that frequently resulted in depleted stocks.
Tuna and Tuna-like Fishes of the Bay of Bengal
Category: Oceans Partnership
Type of document: Communication material
This poster was prepared by BOBP-IGO under the Common Oceans Ocean Partenership Project. 
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