Common Oceans - A partnership for sustainability in the ABNJ
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GEF Council approves USD 27 million to continue FAO-led Common Oceans Program

Boost for the sustainable management of the oceans amid massive support for FAO projects
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Four major achievements in helping protect our oceans

Celebrating encouraging results from the Common Oceans ABNJ Program
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Regional Fisheries Management Organizations boosting engagement in development of new ‘High-Seas Treaty’

Common Oceans ABNJ Program organizes side event to showcase how lessons learned can help shape future actions

The Global Sustainable Fisheries Management and Biodiversity Conservation in the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction Program (ABNJ) commonly referred to as the Common Oceans ABNJ Program – 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 resources

Report of the Final Project Steering Committee: Sustainable Management of Tuna Fisheries and Biodiversity Conservation in the ABNJ
Category: Tuna & Biodiversity
Type of document: Reports
The seventh meeting of the Project Steering Committee (PSC) of the Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project was held in FAO Headquarters in Rome from 27-28 January 2020.
Final Report of the Project "Capacity Building on Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE)/Harvest Strategies (HS) in the Indian Ocean Region"
Category: Tuna & Biodiversity
Type of document: Reports
The project organized, implemented and facilitated two workshops on tuna MP/MSE in the Indian Ocean region. The first workshop was organized in Thailand with participation of Maldives, both important coastal developing states in the Indian Ocean. The second workshop was organized in Republic of Korea considering the importance of Korean tuna fisheries in the Indian Ocean region, in particular, and in all tuna RFMOs in general.
Report of the “Furthering Capacity Building for Harvest Control Rules and Management Strategy Evaluation: Indian Ocean Tuna Management Workshop”, Busan, Republic of Korea, 19th – 21st February 2020
Category: Tuna & Biodiversity
Type of document: Reports
The goal of this workshop was to create a better understanding among Indian Ocean States regarding Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) and Management Procedures (MP, also called Harvest Strategies) to ensure sustainable management of tunas. Specifically, in this workshop, to leverage the understanding of IOTC process, in general, but of the IOTC MP discussions, in particular, of Republic of Korea.


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