Experts have highlighted the importance “coherent global actions” to ensure the sustainability of the world’s fish stocks – a valuable export commodity for more than 60 ACP countries. Fisheries is particularly significant to the ACP’s 37 member states that are classified as Small Island Developing States (SIDS) as well as coastal economies. “What is needed is to reform the existing governance approaches to effectively transition our marine fisheries to a sustainable path of high productivity, healthy and resilient stocks in order to secure economic and environmental benefits to our society into the future,” said ACP Assistant Secretary General in Charge of Sustainable Economic Development and Trade Mr. Viwanou Gnassounou. However, capacity and resource constraints pose a challenge for implementing commitments under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (specifically Goal 14 of the Sustainable Development Goals on ocean resources), highlighting the need for collaboration and long term commitments that involve international organisations, public and private sectors, as well as civil society organisations working in coherent way.
Source: ACP Brussels