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    Leadership in focus — building to a more sustainable future for small-scale fisheries

    By Bavidra Mohan, Director of Acumen Academy, and Jeff Young, Senior Manager, Global Capacity Development, Environmental Defense Fund The small-scale fisheries sector is a powerful example of our interconnectedness. Small-scale fisheries employ 90% of all fishworkers globally, supplying nearly half of the world’s fish catch each year. In addition to feeding coastal communities, seafood harvested […]
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    Fishing Smarter

    A digital revolution within fisheries can help solve the ocean’s greatest challenges while improving sustainability and profitability. Take a deeper dive in EDF's latest film, “Fishing Smarter.”
  • Aquaculture

    EDF is taking a comprehensive approach to ensure that any expansion of offshore aquaculture in the United States is done in the most environmentally sustainable way possible and prioritizes economic growth and jobs for historically disadvantaged communities.

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  • Portraits of Change

    Portraits of Change

    Fishers across the globe are in the fight of their lives. This EDF video series tells the stories of fishers and fishing communities from around the globe, locked in these battles.


    Environmental Defense Fund seeks to contribute to sustainable fisheries in Japan by working directly with fishing industry, government and academic partners, and by sharing learnings from similar cases encountered around the world.

    Smart Boats and Networked Fisheries

    New technologies cannot themselves fix the fisheries crisis that we face. But as EDF lays out in this report, they do open an unprecedented window of opportunity to dramatically broaden access to the fishery management approaches that have been proven to work.
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    Building resilience for the oceans

    Scientists have long warned that warming seas could devastate fisheries. But research from EDF and its partners shows how smart management can help revive our oceans, even with climate change.

    Fisheries finance

    Billions of dollars go into fisheries every year, but very little is directed to making fishing more sustainable. We're re-framing the investment opportunity to support thriving oceans and communities.

    Financing fisheries reform

    This report from EDF and the Nicholas Institute at Duke University defines the core challenge for fisheries finance, or the "fisheries finance gap", and explores opportunities to combine different types of capital in in support of sustainable wild-capture fisheries

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    We can feed the world sustainably

    We're changing farming and fishing to help boost the global food supply for a growing population—while also protecting nature.
  • Belizean fisherman Yonardo Cus on fishing boat

    Fishing rights helped curb overfishing in Belize

    We teamed up with local partners and other environmental groups to address the depletion of Belizean fisheries. Under a system based on stewardship, fishermen respect no-take zones -- and still catch more fish.

    Gulf of Mexico

    The Gulf of Mexico supplies more than 40% of our domestic seafood and provides billions of dollars a year in wages for the fishing and tourism industries across five states.
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    Restoring U.S. fisheries to abundance

    For nearly two decades, EDF experts have worked with fishermen and fishery managers to restore U.S. fisheries. Now, the number of federally managed overfished species is at an all-time low.

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    How catch shares work

    Catch shares are a promising solution for reviving fisheries and fishing communities. Here’s a quick guide to how they work.
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    Fishery Solutions Center

    The Fishery Solutions Center (FSC) is a team within EDF’s Oceans program that designs and develops innovative fishery management tools and strategies to support efforts to reverse overfishing and restore our oceans to abundance.