Our Ocean Conference Commitments
- (2015) Gabon reaffirmed its commitment to create over 46,000 square kilometers of marine protected areas in 2016 that will include 23 percent of its exclusive economic zone.
- (2015) As part of Sea Scout, Gabon announced that the United States, Gabon, and others are exploring a partnership to enhance surveillance of illegal fishing. This would be a way to harness the expertise of the public and private sectors to advance state of the art tools to automatically detect IUU fishing activities in marine parks and other ocean areas in Gabon and elsewhere using various sources of data, for example from satellites, radars, and vessels.
- (2015) Gabon announced its intent to sign a comprehensive sustainable fisheries decree by the end of 2015 that will include measures to completely eradicate IUU fishing from its waters and protect sharks and billfish.
- (2015) Gabon announced its commitment to apply Turtle Excluder Devices to its entire industrial fishing fleet and put in place a national plan to regulate the use of Fish Aggregate Devices in 2016.