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

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  • Type: Report
    Date: April 29, 2020
    EDF is seeking a suitably qualified technology and services provider to work with EDF's Smart Boat Initiative and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to design, implement and test a "smartpass" camera system that is capable of identifying and enumerating recreational fishing vessels leaving and returning to ports in Oregon. Read more here.
  • Type: Report
    Date: April 16, 2020
    Healthy oceans help sustain the planet, feed the world, alleviate poverty and support fishers and their communities, even in the face of climate change. EDF works with partners worldwide to strengthen and preserve the health of oceans and the fisheries reliant on them.
  • Type: Report
    Date: December 2, 2019
    Fisheries are critically important for nutrition, food security and livelihoods of people around the world. With climate change expected to alter fisheries worldwide, building climate-resilient fisheries is key—read about five pathways governments and stakeholders can take so fisheries can thrive and continue to provide needed resources.

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