The impact on communities

According to the UN FAO

  • 1 billion people depend on fish as their main source of protein (largely in developing countries).
  • Around 200 million people are directly or indirectly employed in the fish and seafood industries.
  • Over 50% of the world’s traded seafood comes from developing countries.
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.

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
Up to


of the global population relies on fisheries for their livelihood

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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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