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Common Oceans - A partnership for sustainability in the ABNJ
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Introducing biodegradable FADs in tuna fisheries in the Western Pacific Ocean

ISSF and Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project extending testing of experimental fish aggregating devices (FADs) using less plastic
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Tuna Experts Mark 10 Years of Collaboration, Come Together for Workshop on Mitigation of Environmental Impacts of Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fisheries

ISSF and the Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project co-sponsored six sessions focused on bycatch and fish aggregating devices (FADs)
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Incentivizing Sustainable Fishing on the High Seas

Results from the Global Think Tank now available on WWF webpage

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 in support of: Letter of Agreement between FAO and ISSF for provision of "Training activities on use of Biodegradable Fishing Aggregating Devices (FAD)"
Category: Tuna & Biodiversity
Type of document: Reports
This report summarizes activities undertaken under the LOA between December 2018 and the end of April 2019 to meet reporting requirements and close the LOA.
Report of the 3rd Workshop of the Tuna Compliance Network, Bangkok, Thailand, 22-24 February 2019
Category: Tuna & Biodiversity
Type of document: Reports
The Tuna Compliance Network (TCN) convened its Third Workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, from 22-24 February 2019. The Workshop focused on procedures to assess compliance in tuna RFMOs and gathered, among others, the officers responsible for compliance of the five tuna RFMOs and all Chairs of the Compliance Committees of these organizations. It was the first time ever that these experts got together.
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. 

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