What you can do
And all fisheries processors, traders, retailers and consumers of seafood need to realize that our seas and oceans have limited sources and exercise their influence when procuring and selling fish products on the market.
Fishermen: Take a leadership role!
- Design and use more selective fishing gear
- Proactively support and campaign for the creation of better fisheries management
- Engage in correct post-capture release techniques to maximize an animal's chances of survival
- Proactively become involved in the testing of bycatch solutions
- Explore the potential for MSC certification in your fishery
Have an innovative idea for reducing bycatch? Take part in the Smart Gear Competition!
Map my track - Fishermen show how it is done
Fisheries which cooperate with WWF can show that they are committed to legal and responsible fishing. They can register voluntarily on our data sharing platform www.transparentsea.org and show that they respect boundaries of sensitive areas and no take zones and use responsible fishing practices. All results and tracks will be published on a regular basis if the fishery agrees.
Fish processors, traders and retailers
- Participate in a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP), or a Fishery Conservation Project (FCP)
- Map your supply chains (WWF has developed tools that can help you)
- Make a commitment to source 100% MSC certified seafood (for sale and for own operations) within a reasonable time frame (5-10 years)
- Ask your seafood supply chain to improve environmental performance by sourcing MSC-certified fish products and bycatch reduction measures
- Buy seafood products from responsible, MSC-certified fisheries
- Support WWF´s work for better fisheries management
- Buy MSC-certified seafood
- Ask for seafood from sustainable fisheries in the supermarket, on the market and in restaurants
- Avoid seafood from problematic fisheries. Want to identify these? See WWF´s seafood guides
- Spread the word!
- Become a member – your valuable support will help WWF in its work to tackle bycatch practices and illegal fishing