Overfishing, destructive fishing practices, and poor management are some of the most significant threats to ocean ecosystems. With an enormous percentage of the world’s population relying on fisheries as a primary source of protein and livelihood, it is imperative to identify and utilize better fisheries practices.
Through a combination of market and policy approaches, the Marine Fisheries subprogram strives to promote responsible fisheries and aquaculture practices. Strong management institutions, the use of ecosystem-based approaches such as habitat protections, and putting an end to overfishing are imperative to ensure better management.
To achieve these goals the Marine Fisheries subprogram’s grantmaking focuses on these key areas:
- Market intervention: Build demand for sustainable seafood to transform global seafood markets, aquaculture operations, and fishing practices
- Policy reform: Strengthen fisheries and aquaculture management practices, and protect the habitats that fish depend upon
- Capacity building: Cultivate leadership for conservation.
The Marine Fisheries subprogram provides financial support, primarily through grants, to organizations with aligned interests and common goals.