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ABNJ Sustainable Management of Tuna Fisheries and Biodiversity Conservation in the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction

Approximately 7 million tonnes of tuna and tuna-like species are landed yearly, which accounts for about 8% of the yearly total catches of global capture fisheries. The management of the highly migratory tuna and other tuna-like species are under the direct responsibility of the five tuna regional fisheries management organizations (t-RFMOs). Over 96 countries are involved in the conservation and management of tuna that has an annual value of almost 10 billion USD, at landing.

With the strong demand for tuna, combined with overcapacity of fishing fleets, the status of existing tuna stocks is likely to deteriorate further if fisheries management is not improved. With collective action and partnering by all stakeholders at global, national and regional levels – especially t-RFMOs, their member countries and the tuna industry – ABNJ fisheries and ecosystems will be able to contribute effectively to the socioeconomic development and food and livelihoods security of the millions of people involved in these fisheries for generations to come.

Working with key stakeholders, this project strives for efficiency and sustainability in tuna production and biodiversity conservation, through the application of an ecosystem approach. This unique project draws together a large and diverse group of stakeholders – from consumers and industry to t-RFMOs, NGOs and international organizations – that play important roles in tuna fisheries. The partnership builds on existing collaborations to facilitate optimal use of scarce capacity and resources in order to achieve the global goals for sustainable fishing and biodiversity conservation. Certain aspects focus on all RFMOs, while other elements concentrate on priority countries, regions and fisheries with a view towards capacity development.

To achieve efficiency and sustainability in tuna production and biodiversity conservation in the ABNJ, through the systematic application of an ecosystem approach in tuna fisheries for : (i) supporting the use of sustainable and efficient fisheries management and fishing practices by the stakeholders of the tuna resources, (ii) reducing illegal, unreported and unregulated [IUU] fishing, and (iii) mitigating adverse impacts of bycatch on biodiversity.

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General information
GEF ID 4581
Project type Full-Size Project
Status active (Project Approved)
Start Date 01 Aug 2011
End Date 29 Nov 2016
GEF characteristic:
Focal Area International Waters, Biodiversity
GEF Allocation to project 27,172,936 USD
Total Cost of the project: 178,328,036.00 USD
Partners
Global

Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


Project contacts
Nicole Glineur Senior Environmental Specialist/Task Team Leader