The impact on communities

Billions of people around the world depend on the fishing industry for both their food and livelihoods.

For many, sustainable fishing is a necessity, not a luxury. The alternatives are poverty, malnutrition, and hunger. Around 200 million people are directly or indirectly employed in fish and seafood industries.

39 million

people employed directly in wild capture fisheries
Up to


of the global population relies on fisheries for their livelihood

A collective effort

The MSC program is a collective effort that could not exist without the many people around the world who work to safeguard fish stocks, ecosystems, and livelihoods of fishermen. Read more about the people behind the blue fish label.

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Full shot of fishermen repairing hanging nets with their backs to the camera

Our approach

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

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Coastguard ship (left) out on the ocean, foregrounded by rocks and under a cloudy sky

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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