In 2005, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) approved the National Technical Programme for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Aquatic Genetic Resources (AqGR). The technical programme is the basis for the long-term conservation and use, research and development of aquatic genetic resources in Germany.
Germany has a large number of aquatic genetic resources (AqGR) which are used, for example, in sea, inland and angler fisheries and aquaculture. Quite a few of these AqGR are threatened at species and/or population level due to a large number of threatening factors.
Against this background, the National Technical Programme has the following objectives:
• to preserve the diversity of aquatic genetic resources in a scientifically verified and cost-efficient
way in situ and ex situ in the long term, to make it accessible and usable through appropriate
measures such as evaluation, characterisation and documentation and to make greater economic
use of them - especially in aquaculture;
• to promote the resettlement of fish species formerly present in certain waters;
• to contribute to the conservation and restoration of aquatic ecosystems;
• to support all activities for the conservation and sustainable use of aquatic genetic resources;
• to bring more transparency into the distributed responsibilities and responsibilities of the federal,
state and local authorities as well as the persons, organisations and institutions active in the field;
• to exploit and promote synergies which may result from enhanced cooperation at national,
supranational, regional and international level.
The implementation of the National Programme is supported by the Information and Coordination Centre for Biological Diversity (IBV) of the Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (BLE) in providing various documentation, information, advisory and coordination services.