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Report of ISSF BioFAD Workshop in Zadar (Croatia) 5th September 2019
Category: Tuna & Biodiversity
Type of document: Reports
Following the series of workshops on biodegradable Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) that ISSF has been conducting with the support of FAO, Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna project, in the western Pacific Ocean, a workshop in Zadar (Croatia) was organized. Zadar is homeport of the fleet (fishing masters and first officers), from Caroline Fisheries Corporation (CFC), a purse seine company based in Pohnpei (Federated States of Micronesia).  The document summarizes the results from the workshop that had the objective to promote the use of non-entangling and biodegradable FADs in the fleet and set the protocol to test 100 biodegradable FADs with CFC fleet
Biodegradable FAD Workshops in the Western Pacific Ocean
Category: Tuna & Biodiversity
Type of document: Videos
Biodegradable fish aggregating devices (FADs) are made with natural materials that can break down over time and are less harmful to the marine environment. In contrast, traditional FADs are made with man-made materials that, when not retrieved after fishing, persist in and pollute the ocean. The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) is working with fishers, scientists and industry to find the best non-entangling designs and natural materials for FADs that can biodegrade, with support provided by the Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project. This video offers an overview of recent workshops that are part of this ongoing effort
Report of the Sixth Project Steering Committee: Sustainable Management of Tuna Fisheries and Biodiversity Conservation in the ABNJ
Category: Tuna & Biodiversity
Type of document: Reports
Report of the Sixth Project Steering Committee: Sustainable Management of Tuna Fisheries and Biodiversity Conservation in the ABNJ, Rome, Italy, 8-10 July 2019. 
Report of the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction Deep Seas Project Fourth Project Steering Committee Meeting
Category: Deep Seas & Biodiversity
Type of document: Reports
The fourth meeting of the ABNJ Deep Seas Project Steering Committee (PSC4) was held in Saint-Denis, Reunion from 23–25 January 2019, with the cooperation of the SIOFA Secretariat. The meeting was attended by representatives of eight project partners, including six regional bodies. The list of participants is attached as Appendix 1. The primary objectives of the PSC were to review the Project’s progress, to agree on actions and activities to be undertaken prior to the project’s closure and to discuss preparations for a new phase of the project. FAO and WCMC briefed the PSC on activities that are underway (e.g. review of area based planning tools, legal step-wise training) and on upcoming activities (e.g. rights based management workshop, global deep sea meeting). FAO and WCMC also briefed the PSC on their 2019 work plan and its budgetary implications. The PSC endorsed the 2019 work plan and requested a budget revision to take into account the unplanned activities in 2019 work plan (e.g. VME workshop, rights based management workshop, global deep sea meeting). The PSC took note of the end of project closure requirements and preparations that were being made for a subsequent phase of the ABNJ deep sea project.
Area-based planning in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: A Synthesis
Category: Deep Seas & Biodiversity
Type of document: Reports
This publication has been prepared within the framework of the Global Environment Facility project entitled “Sustainable fisheries management and biodiversity conservation of deep-sea living marine resources and ecosystems in the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ)” (referred to as the ‘ABNJ Deep Seas Project’). This project is jointly implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).  The synthesis report draws on the different studies developed under the project and provides insights into the future of cross-sectoral area-based planning in ABNJ.