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How jobs and communities are affected by the seafood industry

Ben Tre clam fishermen leaning against boat in Vietnam Ben Tre clam fishers, Vietnam © Leonard Faustle

Communities depend on the fishing industry

Fish is an important source of food for many. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):

One billion people, largely in developing countries, depend on fish as their main source of protein

An estimated 200 million people are directly or indirectly employed in the fish and seafood industries.

Over half the world’s traded seafood comes from developing countries.

For these people, sustainable fishing is a necessity, not a luxury. The alternative is unemployment, malnutrition, poverty and hunger. 

It's not just developing countries that are affected. The collapse of the Grand Banks cod fishery off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, had devastating economic impacts in the 1990s. Once catching up to 800,000 tonnes of fish a year, 40,000 livelihoods were lost when businesses closed and jobs disappeared as stocks were fished to the point of commercial extinction. 

Sustainable fishing, sustainable communities

Overfishing and illegal fishing threaten the livelihoods and food security of many worldwide. It is important that these vital seafood resources are protected. The MSC encourages responsible fisheries management and sustainable practices to protect the future of fishing communities.

You can support sustainable fisheries that are safeguarding the livelihoods of fishing communities just by choosing fish and seafood with the blue MSC ecolabel.

Find out more about sustainable fishing >

Find out where to buy MSC labelled sustainable seafood >

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