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Common Oceans - A partnership for sustainability in the ABNJ

The Global Sustainable Fisheries Management and 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

Summary: Event on Common Oceans: Why Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) Are Essential for People and Planet
Category: Stregthening Capacity
Type of document: Reports
Summary 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. 
Happy World Oceans Day - June 8, 2019
Category: Tuna & Biodiversity
Type of document: Videos
Healthy fisheries mean healthy oceans - a message for World Oceans Day from ISSF, featuring Alejandro Anganuzzi, the Global Coordinator of the Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project.
Report of the Port-based Outreach Activities of the Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project fro 2016-2018
Category: Tuna & Biodiversity
Type of document: Reports
This report details results emanating from vessel visits conducted for the duration of the Port-based Outreach (PBO) pilot project in Cape Town, between October 2016 and October 2018. The PBO pilot project aimed to raise  awareness of Best Practice seabird bycatch mitigation measures (SBMM) in tuna longline fleets operating on the high seas (Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction, ABNJ) south of 25°S where use of these is mandatory.

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United Nations Environment Programme
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International Union for Conservation of Nature
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