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Step-wise guide for the implementation of international legal and policy instruments related to deep-sea fisheries and biodiversity conservation in the areas beyond national jurisdiction
Category: Deep Seas & Biodiversity
Type of document: Technical papers
This step-wise guide aims to assist with the implementation of relevant international instruments pertaining to deep-sea fisheries and biodiversity conservation in areas beyond national jurisdiction, especially the high seas, into national policy and law. This guide focuses on the incorporation and transposition of international rules, standards, and recommended practices and procedures into national policy and law. It addresses the key measures for making international obligations effective at the national level and suggests possible options for integrating those measures into the national legal framework. Legislative examples are also provided to illustrate how certain provisions have been incorporated into primary or secondary legislation. The guide first addresses the establishment of a national policy, followed by a description and analysis of essential legislative provisions regarding deep-sea fisheries and the conservation of marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. This guide is thus relevant to policy-makers, parliamentary draftpersons, and parliamentarians. 
Testing the use of Electronic Monitoring on Tuna Purse Seine Vessels in Ghana
Category: Tuna & Biodiversity
Type of document: Videos
Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing is a serious threat to sustainable fisheries, marine ecosystems and the livelihoods of legitimate fishers globally. To address this threat, the Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project is exploring new ways to strengthen and harmonize the use of monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) tools, and combat IUU fishing in tuna fisheries across the marine areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). One of the MCS tools that the Project has explored extensively, is the use of Electronic Monitoring Systems (EMS) to monitor individual vessel operations at sea. To test the best way to incorporate this new monitoring technology to the MCS toolbox available, two pilot activities were set up in Fiji and Ghana were EMS equipment was deployed aboard tuna fishing vessels.
Scientific and Technical Support for Indian Ocean Yellowfin and Bigeye Tuna Management Procedure Development: Phase 2
Category: Tuna & Biodiversity
Type of document: Reports
This report summarizes scientific and technical developments undertaken in support of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) process for yellowfin and bigeye tunas from Sep2017 – Sep2019, an effort supported by the Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project. 
Final Report in support of: Training activities on use of Biodegradable Fishing Aggregating Devices (FADs)
Category: Tuna & Biodiversity
Type of document: Reports
This report summarizes activities undertaken under the LOA between December 2018 and the end of April 2019 to meet reporting requirements and close the LOA.
International Workshop on Mitigating Environmental Impacts of Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fisheries
Category: Tuna & Biodiversity
Type of document: Videos
ISSF and the Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project co-sponsored the workshop held at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ (FAO) Headquarters in March 2019. The workshop reviewed the progress cross-sector research and advocacy efforts have made in reducing bycatch and other environmental impacts and identified main focus areas for future activities.