Marine Affairs

The accumulative effect of overfishing, destruction of coastal ecosystems, pollution and climate change, has degraded the oceans and impoverished coastal communities. Apart from the loss of species and habitats, the degradation of seas and coastal areas drains much needed resources for which a large part of humanity depends on, while in other cases, pollution dissuades or even impedes the consumption of food from ever larger marine areas.

Fishing boat

Faced with growing demand for fishing products, almost 87% of world marine fisheries are overexploited or have completely collapsed, sometimes irreversibly. Aquaculture is unable to provide an answer to this rising differential, given that it is either based on feed elaborated by industrial scale fisheries or it competes with other consumers of vegetable protein, like cattle. Not to mention the serious impact this can have on coastal areas.

We address the preservation of the coast, and especially those areas which still conserve their natural characteristics, through really effective legal instruments and sustainable coastal development strategies in concordance with European strategies.
We also defend a public, well-conserved coastline and its role as a source of wealth and sustainable employment as well as a natural barrier against flooding.
For this reason, we promote its devolution to the public domain and the recuperation and restoration of as many coastal areas as possible.

We hope to reverse the legal situation that the new “Law 2/2013, 29 May, on the protection and sustainable use of the coast” has brought about, which infringes on the principle that the public domain over the coastline is inalienable, imprescriptible and immune from seizure. It promotes and facilitates the privatisation of the coast, reducing the obligation to protect. It also advocates the occupation and construction in areas identified at risk of flooding, according to different preliminary studies undertaken by CEDEX (Centre for Public Works Studies and Experimentation of the Ministry of Public Works and Development) and the University of Cantabria.

Salvia’s work on oceans and marine resources joins the current flow towards the development of new management tools for ecosystem based fisheries. These tools range from the generic adoption of the precautionary principle, to its materialisation into new mathematical models to estimate the level of vulnerability of marine ecosystems.

We support the development of resources management based on rights and obligations, through co-management committees involving all the players; the demarcation of the scope that different types of fishing gear are able to be used; the promotion of protected marine areas; and the instruction of civil society and information to the consumer. We believe in the importance of bolstering the fishing sector’s participation in research and environmental protection projects and in the revision of marketing formulas to stimulate selective fishing methods and to reward quality over quantity.

The review of the EU Common Fisheries Policy brings a unique opportunity to guarantee food security based on the sustainable management of marine and fisheries resources that at the same time protects seas and coasts. Salvia wants to be part of the efforts needed to achieve this.

In Salvia we believe that sea-based energy should be limited to the exploitation of renewable energies such as wind, wave and tidal… always avoiding or minimising the impact on biodiversity and ecosystems.