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Applying an ecosystem approach to fisheries management in the high seas : a focus on seamounts in the southern Indian Ocean

The overall objective of the Seamounts Project is to develop ecosystem-based approaches to fisheries management for areas of significant biological and commercial importance (i.e. seamounts) located in areas beyond national jurisdiction, the high seas.

The project will address the three main barriers to sustainable fisheries management and marine biodiversity conservation in the high seas:

  • Lack of scientific knowledge about seamount ecosystems and their relationship with fisheries resources
  • Lack of comprehensive and effective governance frameworks for marine biodiversity in the high seas
  • Difficulty of managing offshore fish stocks, including monitoring, control and surveillance

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Into the deep unknown – scientists on a mission to explore underwater mountains

Top marine scientists from around the world are setting off on a six-week cruise on board the RRS James Cook today to explore underwater mountains – or seamounts – of the southwest Indian Ocean Ridge. Their main focus will be to study species which live on the seabed and to understand the impacts that deep sea fishing has on marine life in the region. …  

07 Nov 2011 | News story

Funding Agency


The Global Environment Facility provides the funding for the Seamounts Conservation and Management Project along with co-financing from other partners

Implementing Agency

UNDP marine

The United Nations Development Programme is responsible for implementing the project through the Mauritius Country Office

Seamounts research cruise : 7 November - 21 December 2011
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