Target 6 – Sustainable management of aquatic living resources

By 2020 all fish and invertebrate stocks and aquatic plants are managed and harvested sustainably, legally and applying ecosystem-based approaches, so that overfishing is avoided, recovery plans and measures are in place for all depleted species, fisheries have no significant adverse impacts on threatened species and vulnerable ecosystems and the impacts of fisheries on stocks, species and ecosystems are within safe ecological limits.

Key message

The continuation of unsustainable fishing practices threatens not only fish stocks, threatened species and vulnerable ecosystems but also the survival of the many IPLCs around the world who rely on fish and other aquatic resources for their livelihoods. Many fisher people have customary sustainable fishery systems to ensure that resources can continue to be used by future generations, and these traditional fishing practices have the potential to contribute to national and international marine biodiversity policies.

Summary of progress towards the target