OECD Review of Fisheries 2020

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The OECD Review of Fisheries 2020 aims to support policy makers and sector stakeholders in their efforts to deliver sustainable and resilient fisheries that can provide jobs, food, and livelihoods for future generations. The Review updates and analyses the OECD fisheries support estimate (FSE) database, the most comprehensive, detailed, and consistent collection of country level data on governments support to fisheries. It also presents and analyses newly-assembled data on the health of fish stocks; on the management of key stocks of commercial interest; and on the governance of fisheries across OECD countries and emerging economies with large fishing sectors. The report sheds light on how governments are managing fisheries to minimise detrimental impacts on resources and ecosystems, eliminate illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing, while increasing the socio-economic benefits from fishing. It suggests priorities for action both at the national level and for the international community.

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Managing fisheries

Healthy fish stocks are fundamental for maximising sustainable catch, or its value, which itself is key to providing food-security, jobs and incomes in the long-term. Healthy stocks are also vital for maintaining aquatic biodiversity, and the provision of ecosystem services on which several other sectors of the blue economy rely. With Sustainable Development Goal 14, countries collectively agreed to restore all fish stocks at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield by 2020 and to implement science-based management plans. To help fisheries management authorities deliver on these commitments, this chapter provides newly assembled comparable information on the status of fish stocks as well as on how fish stocks of key species are managed, at the level of individual countries and economies.

English Also available in: French

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