Common Oceans - A partnership for sustainability and biodiversity in the ABNJ


Sharing experiences and showcasing innovative research for sustainable deep-sea fisheries
A summary of the ABNJ Deep Seas Meeting on 7-9 May
It has been almost 5 years since the Common Oceans ABNJ Deep Sea Project was initiated, and by 2019 the Project will have finalized all its activities. Over the years, the Project has contributed to improving deep-sea fisheries management and biodiversity conservation in the areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ), following...
Continuing the conversation on how to best manage the effects of tuna fishing on oceanic ecosystems
Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project invites scientists, managers and other stakeholders for a second workshop on the implementation of the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management in tuna fisheries
On the 17-19 of September, managers, scientists and other stakeholders from all the tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) are meeting at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to discuss how best to manage the effects of tuna fishing on oceanic ecosystems.
Mainstreaming the Management and Conservation of Sharks and Bycatch in Pacific High Seas Tuna Fisheries
GEF IW Learn Experience Note
The world's tuna fleet, comprising thousands of vessels from over 85 countries landing catches valued at >10 billion USD annually, is a critical global food source. But these fisheries are a major cause of mortality for some populations of seabirds, sea turtles, marine mammals and sharks and can pose a...
Progress on Electronic Monitoring in the Western Pacific and steps being taken by Fiji
Electronic monitoring systems have been used for various purposes on fishing vessels, primarily in developed countries and industrial fleets. In recent years, the interest in electronic monitoring (EM) has increased considerably and there are many who consider that it is time to scale up the use of this technology to...
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
The Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project has been working closely with the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) to accelerate the use of biodegradable materials in fish aggregating devices (FADs). This initiative addresses some of the challenges facing tuna fisheries by implementing best practice solutions to reduce the amount...