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Fisheries, Marine Conservation and Development

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Wild fisheries provide livelihoods and food security for about 3 billion people in developing countries. Sustainable management and conservation of fisheries and other marine and coastal resources support countries in their journey to self-reliance and promote national security. Effective marine conservation maintains and enhances valuable ecosystems and their natural capital, ensuring fish and healthy oceans for tomorrow as well as today.

Fisheries, Marine Conservation and Development
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USAID invests more than $33 million per year in about 15 countries to promote sustainable fisheries and conserve marine biodiversity. Our work focuses on strengthening resource governance and management, enhancing resilience, improving food security and inclusive development, combating illegal fishing, promoting seafood traceability, empowering women and diversifying financial strategies for achieving durable change.

Where USAID invests in fisheries, marine conservation and coastal management

Asia Programs


Enhanced Coastal Fisheries in Bangladesh

Enhanced Coastal Fisheries in Bangladesh (ECOFISH-BD)

ECOFISH-BD seeks to strengthen the ability of local communities, especially women, to extract maximum benefit from coastal environments using sustainable best practices and to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change.


Sustaining Ecosystem Assets (SEA)

Sustainable Ecosystem Assets (SEA)

SEA supports the Government of Indonesia to improve the governance of fisheries and marine resources and to conserve biological diversity.

Supporting Nature and People – Partnership for Enduring Resources

Supporting Nature and People – Partnership for Enduring Resources (SNAPPER)

SNAPPER aims to enhance sustainability and profitability of deep-slope capture fisheries in Indonesia through effective collaboration between companies, communities and government agencies.

Blue Abadi Fund

Blue Abadi Fund

The Blue Abadi Fund is a dedicated conservation trust fund for the Bird’s Head Seascape that empowers local communities and agencies to sustainably manage their marine resources by procuring local revenue sources and providing complimentary grants.


Fish Right Program

Fish Right Program

The Fish Right Program is a partnership between the Government of the Philippines and USAID to improve marine biodiversity and the fisheries sector in three key ecological areas.

Meloy Fund

Meloy Fund

The Meloy Fund partners with USAID in the Philippines and Indonesia to support sustainable fish and seafood-related businesses and to help develop value chains that will contribute to coastal and marine biodiversity conservation goals.

Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA)

Oceans and Fisheries Partnership

Oceans and Fisheries Partnership

The Oceans and Fisheries Partnership works to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, to promote sustainable fisheries and to conserve marine biodiversity in the Asia-Pacific region.

Africa Programs


Sustainable Fisheries Management Program

Sustainable Fisheries Management Program (SFMP)

SFMP works to rebuild marine fisheries stocks and catches through adoption of responsible fishing practices.


Collaborative Management for a Sustainable Fisheries Future

Collaborative Management for a Sustainable Fisheries Future (COMFISH)

COMFISH seeks to prevent overfishing and ensure that marine fisheries in Senegal provide a sustainable source of high-quality protein for the nation, help improve the quality of life in artisanal fishing communities and maintain the productive capacity of marine and coastal ecosystems.


Fisheries Integration of Society and Habitats Project

Fisheries Integration of Society and Habitats Project (FISH)

FISH aims to achieve increased social, ecological and economic resilience of freshwater ecosystems and people who depend on them in four freshwater ecosystems.




Mikajy, which means “taking good care of” in Malagasy, supports critical biodiversity conservation efforts in forested and coastal ecosystems and empowers local communities in these regions to locally manage their natural resources, while also providing new economic opportunities and support for natural resource tenure and property rights.

Hay Tao

Hay Tao

Hay Tao's main goal is to create a supportive and enabling environment to promote resilient livelihoods for terrestrial and coastal communities and biodiversity conservation.

Latin America and the Caribbean

Caribbean Regional

Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Program

Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Program

The Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Program aims to achieve sustained biodiversity conservation, to maintain and restore critical ecosystems and to realize tangible improvements in human and community well-being.

Central America Regional

Regional Coastal Biodiversity Project

Regional Coastal Biodiversity Project

The Regional Coastal Biodiversity Project works to conserve biodiversity in coastal-marine ecosystems through good governance and biocommerce, for the benefit of local communities.

Global Programs

Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability

Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT)

SALT is a global alliance for knowledge exchange and action to promote legal and sustainable fisheries through improved transparency in seafood supply chains.

Sustainable Ocean Fund

Sustainable Ocean Fund

The Sustainable Ocean Fund provides private debt investments in sustainable fisheries, supply chain improvement and marine conservation.

Strengthening Tenure and Resource Rights II

Strengthening Tenure and Resource Rights II

Strengthening Tenure and Resource Rights II is designed to improve land tenure, marine tenure, property rights and resource governance through targeted interventions or integrated activities in support of broader development objectives.

Municipal Waste Recycling Program

Municipal Waste Recycling Program

The Municipal Waste Recycling Program focuses on identifying and scaling innovations to improve municipal waste recycling in Asian countries to reduce marine plastic pollution.

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