Applying an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management: focus on seamounts in the southern Indian Ocean


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Applying an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management: focus on seamounts in the southern Indian Ocean


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Total: $1,000,000;

Sources of Financing: Global Environment Facility (GEF)


2008 - 2011



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This project seeks to apply an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management for biologically-globally significant and commercially-important areas beyond national jurisdiction (the high seas). By focusing on seamounts in the southern Indian Ocean, it aims to serve as an innovative demonstration for improving the conservation and management of unique biodiversity and ecological resources in the high seas.

The project will address the three main barriers to sustainable fisheries management and marine biodiversity conservation in the high seas:

1. Lack of scientific knowledge about seamount ecosystems and their relationship with fisheries resources

2. Lack of comprehensive and effective governance frameworks for marine biodiversity in the high seas

3. Difficulty of managing offshore fish stocks, including monitoring, control and surveillance.

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Expected Outcomes

Outcome 1: scientific understanding and capacity for monitoring, assessment and analysis of high seas biodiversity and fisheries around seamounts are improved.

Outcome 2: governance frameworks for high seas resources conservation and management are enhanced.

Outcome 3: options for conservation and management measures applicable to high seas areas in the southern Indian Ocean are identified.

Outcome 4: learning, awareness is raised and knowledge is shared.

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See also

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  12. Global Human Rights Strengthening Programme
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  17. 4th World Water Forum - Synthesis Report
  18. 4th World Water Forum - Final Report

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