Marine and coastal ecosystem stewardship

by Karen Alexander, Jasper Kenter, Ruth Brennan

Our seas and coasts are an asset with rich and varied resources, living and non-living, which support livelihoods, provide a sense of place and identity and define cultures. Degradation of coral reef ecosystems, overfishing, increased resource extraction – the need for improved stewardship of coastal and marine resources is increasingly evident around the globe. But what does marine and coastal stewardship mean and how can we apply stewardship in these environments?