Assessing Progress towards Aichi Biodiversity Target 6 on Sustainable Marine Fisheries
Aichi Biodiversity Target 6 calls for all fish and invertebrate stocks and aquatic plants, by 2020, to be 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. This report discusses key elements and approaches for realistic and coherent reporting on the elements of Target 6, including through the use of various indicators and internationally agreed reference points. The connection between Aichi Target 6 and the Sustainable Development Goals (particularly SDG 14) is briefly described. The focus of this report is on marine fisheries, and while many of the considerations are also applicable to inland fisheries, the special characteristics of the latter, including their socio-economic context and intricate link to the terrestrial environment and economic activities, may often require a different set of indicators and reference values.