FISHING + SEAFOOD

Fishing provides livelihoods for 11% of the world's population. [1]

In coastal communities, often 70% of the population relies on seafood for their primary source of protein. [2]

32% of global fish populations are overfished, and an additional 58.1% are fully exploited.  [3]


TAKE ACTION

Choose sustainable seafood. Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch is a searchable guide helps you choose seafood that’s fished or farmed using methods that minimize environmental impact. Download their app to access a list of restaurants and stores which stock ocean-friendly options.

VIDEOS, INFOGRAPHICS, & FACT SHEETS
 

 
 

Will the ocean ever run out of fish? | TED-Ed

 
 
Seabird Bycatch | BirdLife International

Seabird Bycatch | BirdLife International

Overfishing | Waitt Institute

Overfishing | Waitt Institute


PRESS ARTICLES

Jennifer Jaquet, The Guardian. Why oysters, mussels and clams could hold the key to more ethical fish farming, January 2017.

Ian Urbina, New York Times series. The Outlaw Ocean, July 2015.

Mark P. Lagon, Washington Post. Clamp down on illegal fishing to curb human trafficking, January 2014.

SCIENTIFIC PAPERS

Daniel Pauly, and Dirk Zeller. "Catch reconstructions reveal that global marine fisheries catches are higher than reported and declining." Nature Communications 7 (2016): 10244.

Jeremy B. C. Jackson et al. "Historical Overfishing and the Recent Collapse of Coastal Ecosystems." Science 293, no. 5530 (2001): 629-38.

[1] World Bank. Oceans, Fisheries and Coastal Economies. Brief. World Bank. 2017.

[2] FAO. Report highlights growing role of fish in feeding the world. News Article. Rome, 2014. 

[3] FAO. The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2016. Report. FAO. Rome, 2016. ii-204. 

ORGANIZATIONS WORKING ON SOLUTIONS

The Blackfish - "European based conservation organisation on a mission to change attitudes towards our precious oceans and work to protect the unique life within them."

Dock to Dish - "Dock to Dish programs connect small-scale fisheries to regional communities in sustainable seafood sourcing cooperatives that build resilience to climate change."

Global Fishing Watch - "Global Fishing Watch enables anyone with an Internet connection to see fishing activity anywhere in the ocean in near real-time, for free."

GreenWave - "GreenWave is an ocean farmer and fisherman-run organization dedicated to building a new blue-green economy that creates jobs, mitigates climate change and grows healthy food for local communities."

Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance  - "NAMA is a fishermen-led organization building a broad movement toward healthy fisheries and fishing communities."