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Common Oceans - A partnership for sustainability in the ABNJ

The Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction Program (ABNJ) – often referred to as Common Oceans – is a broad-scale, innovative approach to achieve efficient and sustainable management of fisheries resources and biodiversity conservation in marine areas that do not fall under the responsibility of any one country.


  • Sustainable management of tuna fisheries & biodiversity conservation
  • Sustainable fisheries management and biodiversity conservation of deep-sea living marine resources & ecosystems
  • Ocean Partnerships for sustainable fisheries and biodiversity conservation
  • Strengthening global capacity to effectively manage ABNJ

Latest Documents

Common Oceans: Why Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) Are Essential for People and Planet
Category: Stregthening Capacity
Type of document: Communication material
Program of the High-Level Dialogue and Global Media Forum taking place on the occasion of the inauguration of the world's first-ever large high seas aquarium and exhibit: Nausicáa, the French National Sea Center in Boulogne-sure-mer, France, from 26-28 June 2018. 
Category: Tuna & Biodiversity
Type of document: Reports
The document summarizes results obtained during the noted Round 8 workshop.
Caribbean Billfish Project brochure
Category: Oceans Partnership
Type of document: Communication material
The goal of the Caribbean Billfish Project (CBP) is to recapture lost wealth and contribute to sustainable livelihoods in the Western Central Atlantic region through investment in economically, technically and ecologically feasible billfish fisheries management and conservation approaches. The objective is to develop business plans for one or more long-term pilot projects aimed at sustainable management and conservation of billfish within the Western Central Atlantic Ocean.

Upcoming Events

Sep 02
02 September 2018 - 02 September 2018 San Sebastian, Spain
Sep 03
03 September 2018 - 08 September 2018 San Sebastian, Spain
Sep 18
Sep 24
24 September 2018 - 28 September 2018 Madrid, Spain


United Nations Environment Programme
The World Bank
World Wide Fund For Nature
Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands
International Union for Conservation of Nature
Conservation International