The objective of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) is to promote dialogue and exchange of experiences and identify programmes and opportunities to strengthen cross-sectoral cooperation between regional ocean organizations and regional fishery bodies with a view to supporting their key role in achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and related sustainability development Goals.

In this context, the Baltic States and the European Union earlier agreed to strengthen coordination and cooperation between the Helsinki Commission and fishery agencies active in the Baltic Sea region, in particular BALTFISH and the Baltic Advisory Council, seeking synergy, the International Maritime Committee (ICES) ). Achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Target and the related United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Ocean Sustainable Development Goal 14, will require consistency in marine and fishery management measures.

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