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Big fishing: the role of the large-scale commercial fishing industry in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 14

Authors
  • Haas, Bianca1, 2
  • Fleming, Aysha3, 2
  • Haward, Marcus1, 2
  • McGee, Jeffrey4, 2
  • 1 Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Hobart, TAS, 7001, Australia , Hobart (Australia)
  • 2 University of Tasmania, Centre for Marine Socioecology, Hobart, TAS, 7001, Australia , Hobart (Australia)
  • 3 CSIRO, Land and Water, Castray Esplanade, Battery Point, TAS, 7001, Australia , Battery Point (Australia)
  • 4 University of Tasmania, Faculty of Law, Hobart, TAS, 7001, Australia , Hobart (Australia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Jan 10, 2019
Volume
29
Issue
1
Pages
161–175
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11160-018-09546-8
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
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Abstract

United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 ‘life below water’, is directed to the sustainable use and conservation of the oceans and marine resources. However, there is very limited information available on how the large-scale commercial fishing industry might contribute to the achievement of SDG 14. This paper shows engagement opportunities for the fishing industry, with a focus on fish harvesting, for the different targets of SDG 14. We find that the fish harvesting sector can contribute to almost all SDG 14 targets, except in the prohibition of certain forms of fishing subsidies. The fishing industry has the opportunity to implement practices that, for example, can help to reduce marine pollution or bycatch. More work is needed to provide specific reporting mechanisms for fisheries companies to assess their progress against the other SDGs.

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