Overfishing and Sustainability

Overfishing and Sustainability

  • Nearly 70% of the oceans’ commercially targeted marine fish stocks are fished beyond ecologically safe limits, being either fully or heavily exploited, overexploited, depleted, or very slowly recovering from collapse after previous overfishing.
  • The UNEP estimates that all large fish populations will be fished out by 2050 at the current rate.
  • Over 90% of some shark species have been fished out and nearly one third are listed as threatened with extinction.
  • Up to 73 million sharks a year are killed in commercial fisheries even though 1/3 are threatened with extinction.
  • Overfishing damages much more than fish populations. Extracting too many fish from an ecosystem impacts the survival of other predators in the marine food web, including populations of marine mammals, seabirds, turtles, sharks and a host of other species.

What you can do to support healthy oceans:

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  • Eat Less Fish- Reducing seafood consumption can lessen the impact on our oceans.
  • Avoid top predators like sharks, swordfish and Bluefin tuna.
  • Know your fish facts- Become familiar with sustainable choices and species of concern.
  • Ask your waiter  WHAT species, WHERE and HOW your fish is caught.
  • If they don’t know or its not sustainable, order something else.
  • Carry the Seafood Watch card in your wallet and Use it.
  • Buy Local– When possible purchase seafood from local fishing communities. Fishing sustainably is hard work. Support fishermen taking bold steps to conserve our fish while maintaining their livelihood.