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

Monitoring, control, and surveillance of deep-sea fisheries in areas beyond national jurisdiction
Category: Deep Seas & Biodiversity
Type of document: Technical papers
This document provides an overview of the international framework for monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS), enforcement and compliance in deep-sea fisheries in the areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). It also provides an overview of the regional fisheries management organisations or arrangements (RFMO/As) with a conservation and management mandate for deep-sea species and summarizes the MCS measures implemented by them. It highlights the need for the development of MCS strategy, best-practice data management, capacity building, and compliance evaluation to effectively implement MCS. The final part of 3 this document describes and discusses the IUU vessel listing measures and procedures of the deep-sea RFMO/As, other relevant IUU initiatives and recommendations to improve the IUU listing measures and procedures of the deep-sea RFMO/As.  
Report of the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction Deep Seas Project Fifth Project Steering Committee Meeting
Category: Deep Seas & Biodiversity
Type of document: Reports
The fifth meeting of the ABNJ Deep Seas Project Steering Committee (PSC) was held at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy from 27–28 January 2020. The meeting was attended by representatives of eight project partners, including six regional bodies. The primary objectives of the fifth PSC were to consider the preliminary results of the Deep Sea Project (DSP) terminal evaluation and to provide feedback on the framework being developed for a second phase of the project under the coming GEF replenishment cycle. The PSC took note and commented on the Concept Note that has been prepared for the second phase of the DSP. The PSC also noted the timeline for the preparation and submission of documents for the GEF Council and that the five child projects and the Program Framework Document (PFD) need to be submitted together as a package. 
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.


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World Wide Fund For Nature
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International Union for Conservation of Nature
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