Common Oceans - A partnership for sustainability in the ABNJ

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Not a drop in the ocean – key successes by the Common Oceans ABNJ Program
Category: Common Oceans
Type of document: Videos
Between 2014-2019, the Program made significant strides in improving tuna fisheries, tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, and protecting marine life and vulnerable ecosystems. All of this was more than just a drop in the ocean, but we need to do more to ensure that our Common Oceans are managed sustainably for future generations.
Connectivity for a healthy ocean
Category: Deep Seas & Biodiversity
Type of document: Videos
Watch this video to learn more about the connectivity of our ocean, and how it is managed. It was prepared under the Common Oceans ABNJ Deep Sea Project, by implementing partner the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).
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
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.
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.
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