The health of our ocean and the livelihoods of millions of people depend on well-managed fisheries. Fish and seafood are a vital source of key nutrients for more than 3 billion people around the globe and provide direct or indirect livelihoods for 10 to 12 percent of the world’s population. Despite this dependence many of our fisheries are poorly managed, leading to negative environmental, economic and social consequences.
Over 60 percent of all fisheries around the world are in decline or over-fished, with many others performing below optimal levels. Over-fishing, combined with poor management leads to an annual loss of $50 billion, globally. In addition, more than 90% of the world’s fisheries have little information to monitor their health and make informed management decisions, limiting our ability to put these fisheries on the path to sustainability.
The Nature Conservancy recognizes the tremendous impacts of mismanagement and over-fishing on ocean health and economic security. To address these challenges, we have been working ‘on the docks’ around the world for over 25 years to ensure that fisheries are managed in a way that results in sustainable fisheries, stable supplies of seafood, and biodiversity conservation. We apply best-available science, innovative tools and technologies, and work with industry partners and willing governments to support effective fisheries reform efforts.
In the features below, you'll see how The Nature Conservancy uses science to support sound, practical approaches to assess and manage fish stocks, and make aquaculture an ecologically beneficial part of the global food system.
Aquaculture, done well, offers a huge potential not just for producing food for a growing planet, but also to provide livelihoods to coastal communities and help recover lost ecosystem services.
One of the pillars of our work is FishPath, an engagement process and online decision-making application that the Conservancy and partners have developed to help select the best options for assessing and managing for any fishery in the world.
Providing fisherman with real-time facial recognition technology for—you got it—fish.
The Nature Conservancy is working alongside fishermen in the Gulf of Maine — one of the 10 most productive marine ecosystems in the world — to develop sustainable fishing practices.
Electronic monitoring cameras provide a new way of collecting data that will help fisheries in California and around the world.
Learn how a game-changing collaboration between TNC and local fishermen is helping to revitalize a groundfish fishery that collapsed over a decade and a half ago.