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Oceans are essential to life on Earth. They cover more than 70% of the planet's surface, regulate its climate, and supply much of its oxygen.

The oceans are also home to an extraordinary variety of life. Much of this life is essential to sustain people’s livelihoods and ensure food security, as millions rely on fish as their primary source of protein.

Seafood is our last major food source that is truly wild.




decline in marine populations


of the world population rely on fishing and aquaculture

The risks to ocean health

The stakes are high when we consider how intrinsically linked the health of our oceans is to our environmental, social and economic wellbeing.

According to the United Nations FAO's 2022 State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) report 35.4% of global fisheries have been fished beyond sustainable limits.

The size of marine populations declined by almost half (49%) between 1970 and 2012 according to WWF’s Living Blue Planet Report 2015

Key factors contributing the problem are overfishing, illegal and destructive fishing as well as climate change. It’s not just the loss of species and ecosystems, the problem has a serious impact on communities.

What is overfishing?

Overfishing occurs when too many fish in a particular stock are caught and there are not enough adults to breed and sustain a healthy population. How do we combat overfishing?
What is overfishing?

What the MSC does

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

By choosing seafood products with the blue MSC label you are directly supporting fishers that take care of our oceans and encouraging others to do the same.

What is sustainable fishing?

What is sustainable fishing?

Well managed fisheries leave enough fish in the ocean and minimise impacts on habitats and ecosystems.