Why Sustainable Seafood
Well-managed fisheries and environmentally sound aquaculture can ensure a healthy, sustainable supply of seafood for generations to come. We are committed to working to improve the seafood industry and hope you will join us. Together, we can help keep the oceans healthy while providing earth-friendly proteins and protecting the livelihoods and cultures of fishing communities.
- 28.8% - portion of the world’s fisheries overexploited according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). Choosing sustainable seafood eases pressure on overexploited fisheries, allowing them to recover.
- 16.7% - portion of the world’s animal protein that came from seafood. Responsibly fished and farmed seafood is expected to be one of the top sources of food for the growing global population.
- 10%-12% - portion of the world’s population employed by seafood industry according to the FAO, including 1.3 million jobs supported by the US commercial fishing industry in 2012.
- $86.5 billion – amount US consumers spent for fish products in 2013. Choosing sustainable seafood helps protect an important part of the US economy.
- Pirate Fishing - illegally conducted and unreported fishing can result in habitat damage and overfishing and has been tied to slavery and human rights violations. Learn more about Pirate Fishing
- Sustainable seafood has positive long term economic and social impacts for the communities that depend on seafood. Some of these impacts are known (healthier ecosystem, steady jobs, etc.) and some we are still discovering.
- The oceans create oxygen to breath, clean water to drink and regulate the climate. Overharvesting and other unsustainable fishing practice threaten the oceans’ ability to do those things.
- Since all species in the oceans are connected to each other, unsustainable fishing for one specie negatively impacts the entire ocean.
With demand for seafood growing, sustainably sourced seafood is important. Supporting well managed fisheries and responsible aquaculture helps fish stocks rebuild and protect healthy fish populations, improving the health of the oceans and securing a sustainable source of food for the world.