How to stop overfishing?


Tons of discarded fish

Globally, this year

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How To Stop Overfishing? Well, to...
begin with we could stop catching fish that are thrown out again. See more on how to stop overfishing and what you can do below.

Top 4 facts about discarded fish


We are overfishing AND throwing out fish

Bycatch is fish caught unintentionally while catching other fish. Many of these are simply thrown back out into the sea, dead! The total number of such discarded fish is 7.3 million tonnes per year - nearly 10% of all fish caught in oceans.


Some seafood is worse than other

Shrimp fishing accounts for nearly two thirds of the world's discarded fish, while producing 1.4 percent of all caught seafood. In some cases, more than 20 tons of fish are discarded for only 1 ton of shrimp caught.


Good things are happening

The by-catch intensity of certain fisheries is believed to have decreased in recent years due to the wider use of selective fishing gear and “best practice” fishing techniques.


You can make a difference !

There are ways to fish in sustainable manners, and you can pick products that can make a difference. We are working to help you find them.

Discarded fish

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that the total amount of discarded fish declined from 27 million tonnes (Mt) in 1994, to 20 Mt in 1998, and to 7.3 Mt in 2004, although data on by-catch is limited. However, such a downward trend in global discards can in part be explained by changes in estimation methods.

We are overfishing AND throwing out fish

Some seafood is worse than other

Good things are happening

You can make a difference !

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The end of the Line (Trailer)

The End of the Line is a powerful film about one of the world's most disturbing problems - over-fishing. Advances in fishing technology mean whole species of wild fish are under threat and the most important stocks we eat are predicted to be in a state of collapse by 2050.

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