Common Oceans - A partnership for sustainability in the ABNJ

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

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.
Report of the Final Global Seabird Bycatch Assessment Workshop
Category: Tuna & Biodiversity
Type of document: Reports
The Final Global Seabird Bycatch Assessment Workshop was held from 25 February to 1 March 2019. Participants at the workshop are listed in Annex 1; the workshop Agenda is shown in Annex 2. The workshop comprised presentations, data analysis and discussion. Workshop participants agreed to a report format that was focused on Background/Methods/Results/Discussion, in order to present the results of the analyses in the clearest way.

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