Fostering responsible fishing and fish farming as the marketplace norm

Feeding humanity in 2050—when the world’s population is expected to be between 9 and 10 billion—will require a 70 percent increase in global food production, and seafood is a protein source already in high demand.

A complex web of root causes, including economic incentives aligned with overexploitation rather than good stewardship, de facto open-access management frameworks, insufficient data and weak enforcement make optimal management of the world’s fisheries and aquaculture farms challenging. Today, 85 percent of the world’s fish stocks are fully exploited or in decline. Given current trends, most of the world food fisheries could collapse by 2050.

Now more than ever, maintaining the productive capacity and integrity of marine ecosystems requires that we catch and produce seafood without engendering severe ecological impacts. We believe we can safeguard marine ecosystems by working with grantees to reshape market demand and the decision-making systems that drive conservation solutions. Together, we can demonstrate the market value of improved fisheries and farm management, so that companies have the incentive to transition and help drive wide reform.

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IMPACT STATEMENT

Working toward the elimination of habitat degradation and overfishing of coastal and marine ecosystems worldwide, resulting from the production of globally traded seafood commodities

KEY DATA POINTS

The integrity and productive capacity of marine ecosystems

Since the mid-1990s, aquaculture has more than doubled and global fishery landings have declined by almost 10 percent, threatening the long-term productive capacity and integrity of marine ecosystems.
  • first award

    May 2013

  • grants to date

    $72,689,616

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