It’s thus crucial to preserve and restore the balances that are currently under threat. AFD works along with its partners to manage this resource sustainably, support the fishery and aquaculture sectors, and protect marine and coastal ecosystems.
Improving the governance of oceans, seas and marine resources
Protecting and restoring marine and coastal ecosystems
Promoting competitive and resilient fishery sectors
Promoting more sustainable aquaculture
Oceans are under pressure all around the world. Their resources are overexploited, and non-treated wastes and pollutants on land pour into them. The oceans are also affected in different ways by the growing and often contradictory interests held by users, offshore wind turbine fields, deep-sea mining, tourism and industrial fisheries, etc. Climate change is moreover leading to the phenomena of increasing sea level and warming of ocean water temperatures.
Preservation of these spaces is vital: around 1 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their direct means of subsistence. The vast majority of those people live in developing countries.
The role of communities in the management of marine and coastal resources must be emphasized. The contribution of small-scale or coastal fisheries to the economic, social and environmental resilience of poor coastal communities is undeniable. These communities must be able to live sustainably from “their” fishing resources.