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Kofi Annan

 "The marine environment is facing challenges that, if not addressed immediately and effectively, will have profound implications for sustainable development."

Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary General
World Environment Day, June 2004

Healthy oceans are essential for thriving marine ecosystems, livelihoods and economies. Today our oceans are under increasing pressure. Unsustainable fishing is harming fish populations, habitats and fishing economies.

  • Changing seas: An increasing global population, mechanisation and new technologies mean that more fisheries are being fished to their commercial limits.
  • The seafood economy is an essential contributor to global trade, supporting businesses and livelihoods worldwide.
  • Fishing communities need productive oceans for employment and economic security.
  • Fish as food: Fish is a healthy, renewable food source, and for some it's essential for survival. As the world's population increases so does pressure on fishery resources.
  • Climate change brings new uncertainties and global implications that compound the challenges of fishing and marine conservation.

Sustainable fishing

From artisanal fishers to multinational brands, increasing efforts are under way to restore and responsibly exploit fish stocks, improve fisheries management and conserve marine environments.

The MSC is at the heart of these efforts. We want to see well managed fisheries recognised and rewarded, and we want to encourage more fisheries to join them. 

Find out more about sustainable fishing >

Find out more about how we're changing behaviour >

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