Oceans: Turn the tide of overfishing

Fishing rights systems are reversing overfishing, reviving coastal communities across the world 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.

  • Empowering people, communities and governments

    Empowering people, communities and governments »

    Why: For sustainable fishing to spread, solutions must meet the needs of fishermen, seafood suppliers 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 toward sustainability »

    Why: Sometimes fishing communities need financial help as they transition toward sustainable fishing.

    How: Together with our partners, 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 information on a wide range of seafood and highlights the healthiest and most eco-friendly choices.

Updates on our oceans work

EDFish posts

Written by EDF experts for policymakers and practitioners

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Press releases

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  • Type: Report
    Date: March 5, 2019
    New technologies cannot themselves fix the fisheries crisis that we face. But they do open an unprecedented window of opportunity to dramatically broaden access to the fishery management approaches that have been proven to work.
  • Type: Fact Sheet
    Date: July 11, 2018
    Fact sheet on H.R. 200 
  • Type: Report
    Date: April 1, 2018
    Hundreds of millions of people—10 percent of the world’s population—are at risk of malnutrition because of overfishing.

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