Sustainable Development Goals - 17 Goals to Transform our World

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Indicator 14.4.1: Proportion of fish stocks within biologically sustainable levels

Reports on the status of commercial fish stocks are available for nineteen fish stocks at the Marine Research Institute. These reports indicate whether fishing mortality rates are higher than the limit for sustainable utilisation. The percentage within biologically sustainable levels is around 90%.

Proportion of fish stocks within biologically sustainable levels

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This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Proportion of fish stocks within biologically sustainable levels

Indicator number

14.4.1

Target name

By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics

Target number

14.4

Global indicator description

The indicator Proportion of fish stocks within biologically sustainable levels measures the sustainability of the world’s marine capture fisheries by their abundance. A fish stock of which abundance is at or greater than the level, that can produce the maximum sustainable yield (MSY) is classified as biologically sustainable. In contrast, when abundance falls below the MSY level, the stock is considered biologically unsustainable.

UN designated tier

1

UN custodian agency

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Link to UN metadata United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Metadata (PDF 370 KB) opens in a new window