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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

Category: Tuna & Biodiversity
Type of document: Reports
This document reports on an e-MARIS consolidation and validation workshop on the development of the Electronic Monitoring and Reporting Information System (e-MARIS) initiative. The workshop was held in Cape Town South Africa in October 2017. the document also includes recommendations from the experts attending the workshop, that will serve as basis for further work on the development and implementation of the system.
Workshop on Capacity Development to Improve the Management of Marine Areas beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ): Needs, Experiences, Options and Opportunities - May 18–21, 2016, St. George’s, Grenada
Category: Stregthening Capacity
Type of document: Reports
The workshop aimed at 1. discussing and exchanging information and perspectives towards a broader understanding of the needs and opportunities in the development of capacity regarding ABNJ; 2. contributing information on capacity development to the global deliberations towards a legallybinding international instrument on BBNJ under UNCLOS; and 3. formulating the next steps towards advancing capacity development regarding ABNJ, building on past and ongoing initiatives and experiences (especially the outputs of the Common Oceans Program), and responding to global prescriptions on capacity development in relation to marine resources and their management. PDF
Report of the Namibian Observer Training Workshop, 2-5 October 2017, Cape Town, South Africa
Category: Tuna & Biodiversity
Type of document: Reports
The main aim of this workshop was capacity building of the national observers responsible for collecting data onboard tuna longline vessels operating out of the Republic of Namibia. In many observer programmes, including in Namibia, observers traditionally collect fisheries data only, and have little understanding or training in bycatch-related data collection. This workshop provided training in the use of best practice seabird bycatch mitigation measures and seabird data collection to enhance and accelerate uptake of these measures by fleets operating in critical fishing areas of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

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