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[SDG Target 14.4] By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and destructive fishing practices... more

[SDG Target 14.4] By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, and eliminate subsidies that contribute to IUU fishing... more

Definition

Fisheries and aquaculture contribute US$100 billion per year and about 260 million jobs to the global economy (UNDP, 2012). Women comprise 47 percent of the total workforce dependent on commercial capture fisheries for their livelihoods, including the post-harvest sector (World Bank, 2012).

Global wild fish catch has been flat at around 80-85 million metric tonnes per year since the late 1980’s; the additional global demand since then has largely been made up by the rapid growth in aquaculture which now supplies about half of annual global consumption of fish protein.

About 30% of global fish stocks are considered overexploited, 60% fully exploited, and only 10% underexploited (FAO, 2010). 20% of fish stocks are subject to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, valued at $23 billion per year. Destructive fisheries subsidies that support unsustainable practices, total about $16 billion per year. World Bank/FAO estimate that the economic loss due to overfishing is now $83 billion per year (World Bank, 2017).

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15 Feb 2019 - Report contains examples of successful water and/or ocean...
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8 Feb 2019 - International maritime crime including illegal fishing in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans is becoming “increasingly sophisticated” according to the UN anti-drugs and crime chief.

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30 Jan 2019 - Efforts to support Timorese women fishers to participate in decisions about small-scale fisheries, including through the landmark Women Fishers’ Forum, are showing promise.

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28 Jan 2019 - For years, Liberia fought a losing battle against the foreign vessels plundering its coastline. Then a bold new approach sent fines – and arrests – soaring.

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23 Jan 2019 - Least developed countries are finding out from Viet Nam how fisheries sector opportunities can transform their economies.

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16 Jan 2019 - WEF Annual Meeting - Gender is not embedded or mentioned in SDG 14 as it is in most of the other goals. This is a mistake. There is clear evidence that women and men in the fishing industry are treated and paid unequally. 

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14 Jan 2018 - EU success shows how to achieve 2020 sustainable fishing targets, including SDG 14.4 to reduce overfishing and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and SDG 14.6, related to harmful subsidies.
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9 Jan 2018 - UN Special Envoy for the Ocean urges global agreement on “comprehensive and effective disciplines” needed to ban harmful fisheries subsidies.

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8 Jan 2018 - To preserve Belize’s coral reef systems, Fragments of Hope has planted over 119,000 corals. Here UNDP celebrates 25 years of GEF SGP partnerships that foster biodiversity in Belize.

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25 Dec 2018 - In November, Costa Rica became the first country in the world to launch a National Action Plan for sustainable fisheries of large pelagic species

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7 Dec 2018 - The Cook Islands Meteorological Service (Met Service) is modernising the capture, analysis, and distribution of climate information.

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6 Dec 2018 - Ocean health is remaining relatively stable, but improvements are still needed to achieve a sustainable future.

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