Restoring US Fisheries to Abundance


For nearly two decades, EDF experts have worked with fishermen and fishery managers to restore US fisheries. Overfishing has dropped 60% in federal waters since 2000; and American jobs supported by domestic fisheries now number 1.8 million—a 15% increase since 2011.

We are proud to have helped spur significant advances in sustainability. Red snapper populations in the Gulf of Mexico are now three times the size they were in 2007, when we helped reform that fishery, and in 2014 the Marine Stewardship Council acknowledged the results of our work on the West Coast when it certified 13 species of Pacific groundfish as sustainable.

Currently more than two-thirds of the fish caught in U.S. federal waters are managed sustainably.

We see a future in which fishermen are better off because US fisheries are flourishing, providing a stable and healthy source of food and recreation, and a safe, profitable, and long-term means of making a living across the country.

Our works focuses on four key regions in the United States.

US regions where we work