Oceans: Turn the tide of overfishing

Our oceans are under threat
Nearly a third of assessed fisheries worldwide are in deep trouble, jeopardizing food security for millions, hurting fishing communities and profoundly altering the marine food web.

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 nations—responsible for 70% of the global fish catch—switch to sustainable fishing, a tipping point to ensure we have fish forever.

Our oceans initiatives

  • 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.

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