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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

Capacity Building as a Key Aspect of a New International Agreement on Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) and Options on Approaches, Modalities, and Strategies
Category: Stregthening Capacity
Type of document: Communication material
This side event focuses on tangible recommendations on options for capacity building in BBNJ for discussion by decision makers at the Intergovernmental Conference on an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (General Assembly resolution 72/249).
Report of the Republic of Korea National Awareness Workshop - 25 January 2018, Busan, Republic of Korea
Category: Tuna & Biodiversity
Type of document: Reports
The workshop focussed on presenting to the fleet (via industry representatives) and discussing the outcomes of the line weighting demonstrations, as well as getting some feedback from observers who have been working on the vessels since line weighting has been implemented across the fleet.
Best Practice: The marking and identification of fishing vessels
Category: Oceans Partnership
Type of document: Communication material
Information in this poster is based on the FAO Standard Specifications for theMarking and Identification of Fishing Vessels

Upcoming Events

Apr 23
23 April 2018 - 27 April 2018 Madrid, Spain
May 02
02 May 2018 - 02 May 2018
May 07
07 May 2018 - 11 May 2018 Madrid, Spain


United Nations Environment Programme
The World Bank
World Wide Fund For Nature
Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands
International Union for Conservation of Nature
Conservation International