Since the releasing of the first National Programme for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Aquatic Genetic Resources in 2005, various projects for its implementation have been realised (as of April 2020):
- 12 survey projects to characterise the genetic diversity of aquatic genetic resources
- 8 model and demonstration projects (MuD) for the conservation and innovative use of biological diversity of aquatic genetic resources
- 3 projects in the field of international cooperation
The basis for the promotion of these measures is provided by BMEL funding instruments that specifically serve the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity in the area of genetic resources for food and agriculture. By funding the projects carried out so far, crucial milestones for the implementation of the National Programme for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Aquatic Genetic Resources have been achieved.
The results of the listed survey projects document the genetic diversity of the characterised species, thus creating a central basis for the further sustainable management of these valuable genetic resources. For fisheries management, species-specific recommendations for practical measures could be derived. Based on the genetic findings, further efforts can be made to clarify open and newly raised questions.
In the aquaculture sector, particular phenotypic and genotypic characteristics of regional farmed fish stocks were documented and the risk of loss of genetic diversity in the traditionally small-scale German aquaculture sector was revealed.
The model and demonstration projects in the field of conservation and innovative use of biological diversity have proven to be an important and reliable instrument for implementing the objectives of the sectoral programme.
At the international level, the BMEL supported, among other things, the preparation of the First World Status Report on Aquatic Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (SoW AqGR).