Sustainably managing global marine ecosystems—the vast majority of which are stressed and in danger of collapse due to overfishing, pollution, and rising water temperatures—is critical to livelihoods and preserving the earth’s natural resources.
Ocean ecosystems can thrive only if marine species and environments are protected and preserved, and human-caused damage is limited and repaired. Addressing marine health requires responsible management by communities that depend on the ocean for their livelihoods.
Coastal communities are empowered to practice effective marine conservation, improving living standards through increased local incomes and food security. Actors across the value chain (producers, consumers, retailers) have incentive to promote transparency in sustainable fishing practices, enabling greater enforcement of protected ecosystems that reverse marine biodiversity loss and ultimately build socio-ecological resilience to climate change.