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Record of the Deep Seas Fishing Industry Meeting, Rome, Italy, 2-4 March 2016











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    Report of the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction Deep Sea Meeting 2019, 7–9 May 2019, Rome, Italy 2020
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    The Common Oceans ABNJ Deep Seas Project is funded by the Global Environment Fund and implemented by FAO and the UN Environment Programme. The partnership brings together a broad range of partners, including regional fisheries bodies responsible for the management of deep-sea fisheries, fishing industry partners, and international organizations to achieve sustainable fisheries management and biodiversity conservation of deep-sea living resources in the ABNJ. To showcase existing knowledge, practices and innovative research for sustainable deep-sea fisheries management and biodiversity conservation in the ABNJ, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the SponGES Project consortium, organized a meeting – the ABNJ Deep Sea Meeting 2019 – that took place on 7-9 May 2019, at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. Over 40 participants, including representatives from partner organizations and other stakeholders from multiple sectors within the ABNJ, attended the three-day meeting. While significant progress has been made in the management of deep-sea fisheries and in the protection of vulnerable marine ecosystems, the ABNJ still faces threats from climate change, ocean acidification, biodiversity loss, and pollution. Building on the achievements of the Common Oceans ABNJ Deep Sea Projects and the SponGES Project, the participants were invited to give presentations on key topics and discuss emerging issues concerning ABNJ governance and deep-sea research, monitoring and management.
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    Report of the Technical Workshop on Deep-sea Fisheries and Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems of the Eastern Central Atlantic, Dakar, Senegal, 8-10 November 2016 / Rapport de l’Atelier technique sur la pêche en eaux profondes et les écosystèmes marins vulnérables dans l’Atlantique Centre-Est, Dakar, Sénégal, 8-10 novembre 2016 2017
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    The FAO Technical Workshop on Deep-sea Fisheries and Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems of the Eastern Central Atlantic took place in Dakar, Senegal, from 8 to 10 November 2016. The meeting was attended by 32 participants who contributed in their individual capacities to the discussions on the subjects of deep-sea fisheries and benthic habitats of the CECAF region. The participants had backgrounds in fisheries management, research, environment, fishing industry, non-governmental organizations, regiona l organizations, and projects. Invited experts provided case studies and examples of deep-sea fisheries management and processes to protect vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs) from the north, western-central and south Atlantic regions. The three-day workshop was organized into two main parts, with 2.5 days dedicated to discussions on deep-sea fisheries, and VMEs in the CECAF area (Part 1), and a half-day session specifically dedicated to awareness raising on sponges (Part 2). The deep-sea fisher ies and VME component of the workshop aimed to support the implementation of the FAO International Guidelines on the Management of Deep-sea Fisheries in the High Seas (adopted 2008) in the region, and to increase knowledge and share experiences of the importance of addressing potential impacts from deep-sea bottom contact fisheries on VMEs. Overviews were provided on current global and regional instruments, processes and practices for the management of deep-sea fisheries and protection of VMEs, and their relevance to the CECAF region discussed. Deep-sea fisheries in EEZs and ABNJ were characterized and current available information on benthic habitats were reviewed. This component of the workshop resulted in a suite of advice and recommendations for the CECAF Scientific Sub-Committee to consider for recommendations to the next Committee meeting. The Sponges component of the workshop addressed the objectives of Work Package 8.2 of the SponGES project “Deep-sea Sponge Grounds Ecosystems of the North Atlantic: an integrated approach towards their preservation and sustainable exploitation”, which aims to promote and facilitate dialogue and knowledge transfer between scientists, managers, policy-makers, and stakeholders from the Atlantic region on SponGES, through round-table dialogues.
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    Report of Key Outcomes from the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction Deep Seas Project Third Project Steering Committee Meeting, 17-18 April 2018, Cambridge, United Kingdom 2019
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    The third Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting of the ABNJ Deep Seas Project was held at WCMC headquarters in Cambridge, United Kingdom from 17–18 April 2018. The meeting was attended by representatives of 13 project partners, including the FAO and UNEP-WCMC. The primary objective of this PSC meeting was to discuss the results of the Mid-Term Review (MTR), which covered the time period from the project start date to December 2017. As a result of the review recommendations and of discussions at the third PSC, some project activities were removed or merged with others to ensure timely completion of the project by the anticipated end-date for project activities (31 August 2019), with administrative closure by the end of the year. The PSC noted with concern the extensive delay in project implementation due to staff changes at both FAO and WCMC, and the administrative barriers causing delays in the hiring of the first Project Coordinator, and then the subsequent replacement. As a result, the project achieved around a quarter of planned activities by the mid-term review, and the challenge of completing all activities within the next year to project end. During the presentation of the 2018-2019 workplan, and in consideration of the MTR recommendations, the PSC identified specific activities that could be removed (because they were either repetitions or determined to be outside the scope of the project) or merged with other activities, thus slightly shortening the workplan. Upon conclusion of the meeting, the FAO agreed to undertake a budget revision to allocate these funds where needed. FAO and WCMC noted planned and upcoming activities of relevance to the project, including a number of workshops with pilot areas, and the engagement of a number of consultants for project activities (e.g. traceability, rights-based management, and monitoring, control, and surveillance), briefed the PSC on their respective plans of work and obtained feedback from the PSC on what is being proposed. This was a productive interaction which also enabled the consultants to signal to prospective partners, in particular the deep-sea fisheries management bodies, what requirements the proposed work will have of them. The PSC endorsed the 2018-2019 work plan; and requested that a budget revision be presented at PSC4. The PSC noted the various monitoring and evaluation activities being implemented by the PMU and agreed to the methods used by the PMU to estimate and present progress as it relates to outputs. The PSC encouraged the PMU to produce a range of e-communication materials that highlight the major achievements of the Project for partners to distribute through their networks; and hard copy materials that can be distributed at various major events in 2018 and 2019. The PSC agreed to hold its 4th meeting at the end of January 2019 in La Réunion.

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