Tuna & Biodiversity

Deep Seas & Biodiversity

Oceans Partnership

High seas vessel

Vessel Avel Vad leaving Port Louis, Mauritius

Canned Tuna

Yellowfin Tuna

Vessel Trevignon

Landings in Yemen

Fishing boat at sea

Did you know?

  • Marine areas beyond national jurisdiction cover 64% of the surface of the oceans, make up 40% of the earth’s surface, with marine living resources valued at well over US$10 billion annually.
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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.

To achieve this goal, the Program is comprised of four specific areas of work:

Global Environmental Facility

United Nations Environment Programme

The World Bank

Conservatioin International

Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands

International Union for Conservation of Nature

World Wide Fund For Nature