Oceans: Turn the tide of overfishing

From Namibia, Belize and Denmark to Australia, Chile and the United States, fishing rights systems are reversing overfishing, reviving coastal communities and bringing the oceans back to life.

Our goal: Help 12 key governments – responsible for 61 percent of the global fish catch – switch to sustainable fishing, a tipping point to ensure we have fish forever.


  • Empowering people, communities and governments

    Empowering people, communities and governments

    Why: Sustainable fishing can't spread globally unless we design solutions that meet the needs of fishermen, seafood suppliers and retailers, policymakers, and others who depend on our oceans.

    How: EDF will support our diverse set of partners by supplying knowledge, tools, and experience to make fishing sustainable.

  • Financing the transition

    Financing the transition

    Why: As sustainable fishing takes hold, fishing communities enjoy increased prosperity. But sometimes there is a period of transition where it's necessary to help fishing communities over the hump.

    How: Together with partners like The Prince of Wales's International Sustainability Unit, we hope to show how fisheries investment proposals can be structured to attract investment.

  • Supporting demand for sustainable seafood

    Supporting demand for sustainable seafood

    Why: Recovering fisheries need well informed consumers to support them through sustainable seafood choices.

    How: The EDF Seafood Selector provides a wealth of information on a wide range of seafood – including many kinds of sushi – and highlights the healthiest and most eco-friendly choices.

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