ABNJ Deep Seas Project: Bottom Fisheries in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction
Fishing with bottom-contact gear in areas beyond
national jurisdiction (ABNJ) occurs on continental
shelves, slopes or isolated oceanic topographic structures
such as seamounts, ridge systems and banks.
FAO estimates that the total global catch in 2014
caught by bottom-contact fishing gear in ABNJ was
around 150 000 tonnes (excluding the Mediterranean),
comprising of about 50 species in reported catches,
and involved less than 11 flag States.
Flag States, regional fisheries management
organizations or arrangements (RFMO/As) and other
multi-lateral bodies with a fisheries management
mandate are managing these bottom fisheries in the
ABNJ. Currently, there are eight of these bodies, three
of which were created in the last five years.
For more information about ABNJ, see www.commonoceans.org/deep-seas-biodiversity/en/
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