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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

BioFAD Project in Ghana - Activity Report
Category: Tuna & Biodiversity
Type of document: Reports
This study is part of a pilot project coordinated by the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), with support provided by the Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project, to test the use of biodegradable and non-entangling Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) in collaboration with Ghanaian fleets. The initiative addresses some of the challenges facing the fishing sector by implementing best practice solutions to reduce both ghost-fishing due to entanglement in FAD structure, and the amount of plastic used to construct FAD´s structures, with the aim to contribute to achieving responsible, efficient and sustainable fisheries and biodiversity conservation.
Governance of areas beyond national jurisdiction for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use
Category: Deep Seas & Biodiversity
Type of document: Technical papers
The study describes the governance landscape in ABNJ within the Western Indian Ocean and the South East Pacific with a view to understanding what progress has been made towards a collaborative and integrated cross-sectoral approach to area-based planning in ABNJ, and what potential challenges and opportunities exist when considering such an objective within these regions. The results of this study are designed to contribute to the UN Environment component of the GEF ABNJ Deep Seas Project, 1 which focuses on developing and testing area-based planning methodologies in ABNJ within the Western Indian Ocean and the South East Pacific.
Capacity assessment for the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific: Area based planning in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction
Category: Deep Seas & Biodiversity
Type of document: Technical papers
This capacity assessment summarises the existing capacity of the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific (CPPS) Secretariat and member countries of the CPPS to undertake area based planning in ABNJ of the South-East Pacific Ocean pilot area. This includes their collective capacity to work within existing frameworks and with the competent bodies operating in ABNJ. It is based on the capacity assessment session run at the ABNJ GEF workshop in Guayaquil, Ecuador 7-8th November 2016.

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