Dramatic efficiencies in fishing methods and gear have led to a tragic consequence: wasteful exploitation of sea life vital to the ocean ecosystem and human food security.
From herring, a small forage fish upon which ocean predators and humans rely, to the majestic bluefin tuna, one of the most commercially valuable fish in the sea, fish populations around the globe are in deep jeopardy. Of 600 species monitored by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, only 23 percent are not overexploited.
Pew works with international institutions, governments and fishing communities to end overfishing, rebuild depleted fish populations and eliminate destructive commercial fishing gear.
Large-scale commercial fishing continues to have a major impact on marine ecosystems worldwide. Through scientific research, public education and the promotion of strong conservation policies, we work to secure the sustainability of both fish and fishing for generations to come.