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  • Underwater shot of seaweed
    REPORT

    Carbon Sequestration by Seaweed

    This is one of three reports produced by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) ocean science team as part of a two-year EDF project on natural climate solutions (NCS). The present report attempts to describe the state of the science, including key uncertainties, surrounding interventions based on macroalgal ecosystems and aquaculture.

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  • Underwater shot with rocks and seaweed
    REPORT

    Coastal Natural Climate Solutions

    This is one of three reports produced by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) ocean science team as part of a two-year EDF project on natural climate solutions (NCS). The present report attempts to describe the state of the science, including key uncertainties, surrounding interventions based on restoring and protecting coastal blue carbon ecosystems.

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  • Ocean water from below
    REPORT

    Natural Climate Solutions in the Open Ocean

    This is one of three reports produced by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) ocean science team as part of a two-year EDF project on natural climate solutions (NCS). The present report attempts to describe the state of the science, including key uncertainties, surrounding interventions based on open ocean ecosystems.

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  • A fisherman sits in a boat on a river in Ecuador
    ARTICLE

    Video: The forgotten fish of Chile

    A new video from EDF tells the story of the small-scale fishing communities in the Los Ríos region of southern Chile, who depend on an important but often overlooked fish species known as Pacific sierra.
  • BLOG POST

    To solve our food problems, we must look to the oceans

    By Christopher Free and Willow Battista Earlier this spring, 1.5 million livestock died in the Horn of Africa. The immediate culprit was a severe, prolonged drought spurred by the growing effects of climate change. It’s a sign of weakening food systems in a warming world. But while land-based food systems are carbon-intensive and increasingly unstable, […]

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  • BLOG POST

    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 […]
  • Fishing Smarter YouTube Video depicting ship from birds eye view
    VIDEO

    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.
  • PROJECT

    Japan

    We seek to contribute to sustainable fisheries in Japan by working directly with the fishing industry, government and academic partners.
  • REPORT

    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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  • Fisherman on fishing boat
    REPORT

    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.
  • INITIATIVE

    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.
  • REPORT

    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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  • Woman cleaning fish
    OVERVIEW

    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
    CASE STUDY

    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.