International Symposium on Fisheries Sustainability

Side event
High level panel for a sustainable ocean economy blue paper

Tuesday, 19 November 2019 / 12:30 – 13:15

Sheikh Zayed Centre, FAO headquarters



Established in September 2018, the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy is a unique initiative of 14 serving heads of government committed to catalysing bold, pragmatic solutions for ocean health and wealth that support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and build a better future for people and the planet. By working with governments, experts and stakeholders from around the world, the High Level Panel aims to develop a roadmap for rapidly transitioning to a sustainable ocean economy, and to trigger, amplify and accelerate responsive action worldwide.

The urgency of the Panel's work is driven by the knowledge that failure to take rapid action on marine pollution, overfishing, climate change and habitat loss will lead to failure to realize the SDG vision of a peaceful, prosperous, sustainable future.

The High Level Panel has commissioned a series of "Blue Papers" to explore pressing challenges at the nexus of the ocean and the economy. These Blue Papers aim to summarise the latest science, and state-of-the-art thinking about innovative ocean solutions in technology, policy, governance, and finance realms that can help to accelerate a move into a more sustainable and prosperous relationship with the ocean. The Blue Papers will offer the robust, fact base to inform the work and the final recommendations of the High Level Panel.

Blue Paper 1 – The Future of Food from the Sea

This paper considers the status and future trends of protein production through fisheries and aquaculture at regional and global scales: the opportunities of ocean-based protein in achieving SDG2 (Zero Hunger); and recommendations for how current barriers might be overcome to transition to more sustainable and abundant food production form the ocean.

The authors for this paper are: Christopher Costello, Ling Cao and Stefan Gelcich, Miguel Angel Cisneros, Christopher M. Free, Halley E. Froehlich, Elsa Galarza, Christopher D. Golden, Gakushi Ishimura, Jason Maier, Ilan Macadam-Somer, Tracey Mangin, Michael C. Melnychuk, Masanori Miyahara, Carryn de Moor, Rosamond Naylor, Linda Nøstbakken, Elena Ojea, Erin O’Reilly, Giacomo Chato Osio, Ana M. Parma, Fabian Pina Amargos, Andrew J. Plantinga, Albert Tacon, and Shakuntala H. Thilsted.

Invited speakers

  • Professor Peter Haugan, PhD, Programme Director, Institute of Marine Research, Norway
  • Dr. Chris Costello, Professor, Environmental and Resource Economics, University of California Santa Barbara
  • Dr. Stefan Gelcich, Assistant Professor, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
  • Arni Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Italy
  • H.E. Mr. Harald Tom Nesvik, Norwegian Minister of Fisheries and Seafood, Norway