The Global Environment Facility last week approved a broad-scale, innovative approach to address the depletion of high-seas fish stocks and biodiversity conservation.
The new initiative, which will be coordinated by FAO, brings together governments, regional fisheries management bodies, the private sector and non-governmental organizations to work together towards the sustainable use and conservation of these complex ecosystems.
The agreement signals a triple-win for food security, economic development and ocean biodiversity conservation, according to Árni Mathiesen, Assistant Director General of FAO’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Department:
“High-seas fisheries offer food security and livelihoods to millions of people worldwide. This broad international partnership is the best way forward to reduce overfishing and illegal fishing of the world´s oceans.”