At least 3 billion people rely on seafood as a primary source of protein, according to the World Wildlife Fund. And the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports that nearly 60 million people make a living fishing or farming fish
Demand for fish is on the rise worldwide fish consumption has spiked 122 percent in the last three decades, according to the United Nations.
Overfishing, illegal fishing, climate change, habitat loss, and pollution have halved the world’s fish population since 1970. The FAO says that today 90 percent of the world’s stocks are currently overfished or depleted.
Global consumption of fish and fish products has skyrocketed as eaters seek more environmentally-friendly alternatives to red meat and poultry. This is good news for greenhouse gas emissions, according to the World Resources Institute. But it has a serious impact on oceans, the environment, and the nearly 60 million people who make a living fishing or farming fish.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says that today 90 percent of the world’s stocks are currently overfished or depleted. Thankfully, there are organizations around the world working to improve that number while supporting local economies.
In celebration of World Fisheries Day on November 21, Food Tank is highlighting 24 organizations building a more sustainable fishing industry: Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust, United States; Catch Together, United States; Center for Oceans, International; Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, United States; Confédération Africaine des Organisations de Pêche Artisanale, Africa; Coastal Culinary Academy, United States; Conselho Pastoral dos Pescadores, Brazil; (en)visible, United States; Global Salmon Initiative, International; HATCH, Hawai’i, Norway, Singapore; Marine Stewardship Council, United Kingdom; National Family Farm Coalition, United States; Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, United States; NutriFish1000, Africa and Asia; Oceana, International; Port Orford Sustainable Seafood, United States; Recirculating Farms Coalition, United States; Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, International; Seatopia Collective, United States; Sociedad de Historia Natural Niparajà, Mexico; Stop Illegal Fishing, Botswana; Sustainable Fishery Trade, Peru; The Bay of Bengal Programme, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Sri Lanka; WorldFish, Africa, Asia, the Pacific; and XpertSea, Canada.
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