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

Not Applicable in the local context

Local governments do not have jurisdiction over marine areas and therefore cannot pass regulations on sustainable fisheries. In California, the tidelands up to 3 nautical miles from shore are managed by the California State Lands Commission. The Territorial Sea, Contiguous Zone and, Exclusive Economic Zone are regulated by the federal government. The Magnuson-Stevens Act is the primary law governing marine fisheries management in U.S. federal waters.

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from City of Los Angeles statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from Angeleno statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other Angeleno-specific metadata information.

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Data last updated 2021-11-24: see changes on GitHub opens in a new window
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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

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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

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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.

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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