Tuna & Biodiversity

Deep Seas & Biodiversity

Oceans Partnership

Strengthening Capacity

Vessel Avel Vad leaving Seychelles Port

Canned Tuna

Yellowfin Tuna

Vessel Trevignon

Landings in Yemen

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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  • Fish are a primary source of protein for 17% of the world’s population – and nearly 25% in low‑income food deficit countries. Capture fisheries and aquaculture contribute, either directly or indirectly, to over 200 million jobs globally.

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        Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations          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