Transitioning to sustainable and resillient fisheries
The Sunken Billions
Sustainability and Environmental Impacts of Food from the Sea
Leadership, social capital and incentives promote successful fisheries
World Bank Group: Oceans Brief
GPO Information Sheet
OCEANS April 2012
GPO One-Year Roadmap July 2012
Design for sustainable fisheries
Charting a course to Sustainable Fisheries (CEA Report)
Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land Fisheries and Forests
International Guidelines on Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries
A Global Collaborative
to restore 50% of the world's
wild fish in 10 Years
50 in 10 Vision and Goals
Our vision is that marine fisheries become the sustainability success story of the early 21st century. A restored ocean will provide millions of people around the world with more food, improved livelihoods and more profitable fishing and seafood businesses.
Our goal is to lead the turnaround in fisheries around the world–both large and small–wherever current practices deplete the marine environment and national economies.
The 10-year goal is a stretch. Achieving sufficient synergy among organizations is not simple. Although much progress has been made in recent years, competition and suspicion still divide those who have a stake in value chains, fishing, and the ocean. Short-term survival or profit sometimes supersedes the long-term economic health of a fishery. Many governmental bodies are weak, unable to enforce laws and agreements, and have insufficient funds for data collection and management.
We come together to create more effective ways to create the future we all want. Everyone does not need to agree on everything. Private and public sector players only need enough agreement to act together in specific projects that have a value proposition for each collaborator. We think that a focus on the economics for recovery has resonance across the fishery and seafood system. We believe that we can achieve greater impact by working together in ways that align our shared goal with our individual missions.
News Release June 12, 2013
Miguel A. Jorge to head global sustainable fisheries coalition
WASHINGTON — Miguel Angel Jorge has been named as the first managing director of 50in10, a collaboration launched with the 10-year goal of bringing 50 percent of the world’s fisheries under sustainable management, while increasing economic benefits by $20 billion annually. The goal of 50in10 was inspired by comments made by the former president of the World Bank at the launch of the Global Partnership for Oceans.
“Our future depends on healthy oceans. This is a decade when we can make unprecedented strides toward sustainable management of our oceans—if we work together,” said Juergen Voegele, Director of the Agriculture and Environmental Services Department at the World Bank, which is part of the 50in10 steering committee. In addition to the World Bank, the steering committee to date includes representatives of the Academy for Systemic Change; ALLFISH; Conservation International; Environmental Defense Fund; the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; Rare; The Nature Conservancy; the Walton Family Foundation and WWF.
“The world is ready,” Voegele continued. “Corporations understand that you don’t have a future if you don’t source sustainably. Governments are hungry for comprehensive answers. With all of these forces coming together, the time is ripe for the type of collaborative effort that 50in10 represents. And with his deep experience and connections, we’re fortunate to have Miguel Jorge at the helm as 50in10 enters this critical next phase in its development.”
A veteran of the sustainable fisheries movement, Jorge comes to 50in10 from the National Geographic Society, where he served as director of their Ocean Initiative and worked with diverse partners and stakeholders to restore fisheries, promote marine reserves and build broader support for healthy and productive oceans.
As managing director of 50in10, Jorge will work to expand the network of stakeholders supporting its goals and facilitate knowledge sharing about sustainable fisheries management. Through sustainable management, fisheries are harvested at a sustainable rate so that the fish population does not decline over time and can continue to provide food and jobs, as well as healthy fish habitat. Jorge will aslo help design and support collaborative fishery restoration program implemented by the partners around the world. By bringing together industry, researchers, governments NGOs, and financial institutions, 50in10 aims to expand localized successes by combining strategies, and rapidly replicating the most successful models.
By stepping into the role of managing director, Jorge will also become the coalition’s first dedicated staff member, ensuring that the previously volunteer-driven effort has the leadership, structure and capacity to build on the momentum created when 36 public- and private-sector organizations convened in Vancouver, B.C., in November 2012 to develop a framework for collaboration.
“While we’ve made a lot of progress, there’s still a big part of the world where overfishing is a difficult problem to solve. But we have a tremendous opportunity, as well,” said Jorge. “What we heard in Vancouver is that seafood companies recognize that more needs to be done, and they want to participate in solving that challenge with us.”
Also contributing to the momentum is the participation of large multilateral organizations like the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility, an independent financial organization that unites 183 countries with international institutions, NGOs, civil society organizations and the private sector to address environmental issues.
“I’m excited about what we can accomplish as 50in10 unites the often disparate approaches of policy reform, community engagement and market strategies under one coordinated effort,” Jorge added.
Prior to National Geographic, Jorge was director of WWF-International’s Marine Program, overseeing their global strategies on fisheries, seafood, shipping and high-seas policy. He has also worked extensively in Latin America and the Caribbean on marine and freshwater conservation, and large-scale conservation planning in the Gulf of California, Galapagos and Mesoamerican Reef. A native of Cuba who has also lived in the US, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Switzerland, Jorge brings a truly global perspective to his new role.
Jorge holds a Master’s in Marine Policy from the University of Delaware and a Bachelor’s in Aquatic Biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
What is the 50 in 10 collaboration and what happened in Vancouver?
50 in 10 is a collaboration initiated by about 36 organizations to achieve a 10-year target to bring 50% of fisheries and the global catch under sustainable management while increasing economic benefits by US$20B annually.
Please see the summary notes of the Vancouver Design Workshop for further information on the outcomes of that Worshop.
A representative Steering Committee is synthesizing the results of the workshop and will be drafting a strategic plan for implementation.
The 10-year goal is a stretch. Achieving sufficient synergy among organizations will not be simple. The organizations listed below (NGOs, governments, funders, and industry groups) came together to create more effective ways to realize the 50 in 10 vision.
Academy for Systemic Change
AIS Aqua Foods, Inc.
Consultative Group on Biological Diversity
Environmental Defense Fund
HRH Prince of Wales' International Sustainability Unit
International Coalition of Fisheries Associations
Marine Stewardship Council
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, Netherlands
MRAG Americas, Inc.
National Geographic Society
Nippon Suisan Kaisha Ltd.
Nos Noroeste Sustenable AC
Society for Organizational Learning
Sustainable Fisheries Partnership
Sustainable Food Lab
Swedish Fishermen Federation
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
The Nature Conservancy
Toroa Strategy Limited
Trident Seafoods Corporation
United Catcher Boats
University of Washington
US Agency for International Development
Walton Family Foundation
World Wildlife Fund
The workshop and the 50in10 collaboration are designed to create collective impact with a common agenda, a shared measurement system, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and a backbone support organization.