Sustainable fisheries are critical to safeguarding the Azorean communities who depend on fishing for their livelihood. Marine Protected Areas are strategic tools to maintain fish stocks, ensuring the sustainability of fisheries and the future of Azorean fishing communities.
Small-scale fisheries in the Azores are a crucial part of the region’s past, present and future. These fisheries have high economic and social impact but are vulnerable to growing threats.
Climate change has begun to affect stock distribution and ranges, meaning effective fishery management will be critical to ensuring that both fish stocks and Azorean fishing communities are resilient.
Working together with the Fisheries Federation of the Azores, Blue Azores aims to promote co-management with local fisheries, seeking to increase the sustainability of fisheries, the valuation of fish and accountability of local fishers’ management.