Main Issue

Fish provide 4.3 billion people with about 15 percent of their animal protein and essential nutrients for growth and maternal health. Coastal fisheries — defined as all fisheries within exclusive economic zones (EEZ) — provide food, nutrition and livelihoods, particularly in developing countries.

But coastal marine ecosystems are subject to intense pressures. Globally, close to 30 percent of the world’s assessed marine fish stock is overexploited. The vast majority of overexploited fisheries are in developing coastal states and island nations. This threatens the livelihoods, food security and nutrition of many poorer population groups. Read more+

What We Do

Through the Coastal Fisheries Initiative (CFI), the GEF supports environmentally, economically and socially sustainable use and management of coastal fisheries. This complements the GEF’s multi-country large marine ecosystem (LME) approach. The CFI focuses on:

Policy: Strengthening the fisheries sector’s policy, legal and regulatory frameworks to incorporate environmental, social and economic sustainability considerations

Capacity: Improving the capacity and capability of fishing nations, regional management bodies and empowering communities in sustainable management of fisheries

Partnerships: Promoting public-private partnerships that enable responsible investment along the supply chain, fostering sustainable fisheries and sustainable development.
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