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Coming soon! SDG 14 video series

25 February 2021

The GRÓ-FTP is pleased to announce a new video series exploring Sustainable Development Goal 14. SDG 14 relates to life in water and how we can build a path towards conserving living aquatic resources in our oceans and seas.

There are ten targets within SDG 14, five of which deal with fisheries and how humans can use the living aquatic resources to build the future we want. All over the world people rely on these systems to provide them with food, income, livelihoods, and ecosystem services like regulation of the global climate. In this way, as we work together towards achieving the targets of the SDG 14 we also consider the other Sustainable Development Goals including Ending Poverty, Ending Hunger, Good Health, Quality Education, and Climate Change.

GRÓ-FTP's SDG 14 video series draws upon our more than 20 years of experience working with fisheries in developing countries. Through conversations with experts, we dissect the SDG 14 fisheries targets. Building on research projects developed by fellows in our programme, we explore some of the major issues facing the development of fisheries across the world today, and what might be done to meet the ambitious targets of SDG 14.

Over the coming month, we will debut these videos each Friday. So, stay tuned!

Febuary 26, Tumi Tómasson: GRÓ-FTP. Defining and defending small scale fisheries. SDG target 14b aims to provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets. About 2/3 of all fish caught for human consumption comes from small-scale fisheries. 90% of the people on fisheries are in the small-scale sector. Tumi Tómasson takes us through the concept of small-scale fisheries, how it has changed over time, and how we can apply it today.

March 5, Einar Hjörleifsson. Marine and Freshwater Research Institute. Data for sustainable fisheries management. SDG target 14.4 seeks to implement science-based management plans to restore fish stocks to maximum sustainable yield. A generation ago, 90% of the fish stocks we harvested came from sustainably sourced stocks, today the number is closer to 66%. Einar Hjörleifsson is a fisheries biologist who talks us through a through a fundamental fisheries equation to help us solve this problem.

March 12, Daði Már Kristóferson: University of Iceland. Small projects for big impact in fisheries. SDG target 14.4 aims to effectively regulate harvesting, end overfishing, illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing and to end destructive fishing practices. Daði Már Kristófersson is a natural resource economist and a professor at the University of Iceland. In this video, he walks us through some examples of how small incentives can lead to real changes on the ground.

March 19, Margeir Gissurarsson: Matís. Preserving the value of fish. SDG 14.7 aims, by 2030, to increase the economic benefits to small island developing states, and least developed countries, from sustainable use of marine resources. Worldwide, about 10% of people rely on fisheries as a source of food and income. Unfortunately, in many places today, the way fish is handled turns what should be a health food, into a health hazard. Margeir Gissurarson is a food scientist and in this video, he describes how we can make the most out of these precious marine resources.