The impact on communities

People depend on the fishing industry. Fish is an important source of food and employment.

And for many people around the world, sustainable fishing is a necessity, not a luxury. The alternatives are malnutrition, poverty and hunger. 

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO):

3.3 bn

people get at least 20% of their daily animal protein intake from fish

39 million

people employed directly in wild capture fisheries


of the world’s traded seafood comes from developing countries.
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of the global population relies on fisheries for their livelihood

Sustainable fishing communities

The MSC encourages responsible fisheries management and sustainable practices to protect the future of fishing communities. 

By combatting overfishing and illegal fishing we can help protect the livelihoods and vital food security of many worldwide.


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Our approach

Our approach

Our approach means everyone can play a part in that future while enjoying seafood, not avoiding it.

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Overfishing, illegal and destructive fishing

Overfishing, illegal and destructive fishing

The MSC was formed to address the problem of overfishing. Our program works against illegal and destructive fishing practices.

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Global Impacts 2017

Global Impacts 2017

Our Global Impacts Report showcases the progress and improvements delivered by certified fisheries around the world.

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