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Oceans at risk

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

31.4%

overfished

They 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.

49%

decline of marine populations

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 2016 State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) report 31.4% of global fisheries have been fished beyond sustainable limits.


The size of marine populations has 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. It’s not just the loss of species and ecosystems, the problem has a serious impact on communities. 

 

What is the MSC doing?

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.

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Full shot of fishermen repairing hanging nets with their backs to the camera

Our approach

Our approach means everyone can play a part in that future while enjoying seafood, not avoiding it.

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Fisherman (front right) kneeling on sand collecting clams, with an ocean view behind

The impact on communities

Fish is an important source of food and income for communities around the world. For many people, sustainable fishing is a necessity, not a luxury.

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Coastguard ship (left) out on the ocean, foregrounded by rocks and under a cloudy sky

Overfishing, illegal and destructive fishing

The MSC was formed to address the problem of overfishing. Our program works against illegal and destructive fishing practices.

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