Oceans at risk

The health of our oceans is vital to our environmental, social, and economic well-being.




Covering more than 70% of the planet’s surface, oceans regulate our climate, supply the oxygen we breathe, provide homes to an extraordinary variety of life, and are an incredible source of healthy food for billions of people.

Seafood is our last major food source that’s truly wild, and it provides food security for millions of people around the world who rely on it as their primary source of protein. Seafood is also crucial to the livelihoods of fishermen and fishing communities around the world. 

Unfortunately, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 2020 State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) report, 34.2% of global fisheries are overfished, in large part due to illegal and destructive fishing. 

There is a solution, however, and it’s never too late!

What is the MSC doing?

We work with fisheries, scientists, and industry stakeholders to make sure our oceans are fished sustainably and that it’s easy for consumers to find and buy certified sustainable seafood. 

By choosing seafood products with the MSC blue fish label, you are directly supporting fishermen that take care of our oceans and sending a signal to other fisheries to do the same.

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Our approach

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

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Fisherman (front right) kneeling on sand collecting clams, with an ocean view behind

The impact on communities

Fish is an important source of food and income for communities around the world. For many people, sustainable fishing is a necessity, not a luxury.

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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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