WWF promotes a wide range of management measures to ensure the maintenance of healthy stocks and the recovery of depleted fish populations, in particular highly commercial fish stocks, such as tuna and whitefish species.
Our approach focuses on:
- creating transparency at sea: strenghtening fisheries monitoring and credible control systems that will help curb illegal fishing practices, and advocating for strong laws against bycatch
- working with Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) to get the right management measures and rules in place
What is bycatch?
This “incidental” catch is called bycatch.
A reliable system for seafood traceabilityIn a groundbreaking statement issued during the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos last year, WWF joined public and private sector leaders calling for a new global seafood traceability system to ensure that consumers, businesses and governments have full access to information about commercial marine fishing practices.
Creating such a reliable system will require harmonizing both legal and commercial practices across national boundaries and the whole seafood industry, ranging from small-scale producers to global retail chains in the EU, US and Japan. The statement recognizes the urgent need for tracing fish products from "bait to plate" to link markets to sustainability and ending illegal, unfair fishing practices all over the world.
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