Improving fisheries management

A key area of WWF’s work on sustainable fishing is engaging with the fishing industry and governments to stop overfishing.
Our work centres on incorporating ecosystem-based management into the way fisheries are managed, and includes efforts to:

  • reduce fishing pressure to allow over-exploited fish populations to recover and ensure the maintenance of healthy populations
 / ©: WWF / Michel Gunther
Mediterranean bluefin tuna — highly prized around the world, especially in Japan for sushi and sashimi — has been under increasing pressure from overfishing. Display of frozen tunas to be auctioned at the Tsukiji fish market, Tokyo, Japan.
© WWF / Michel Gunther

What's the problem?

The world's oceans are plagued by overfishing. It's so bad that several important commercial fish populations have already declined to the point where fishing is no longer economically viable and their survival is threatened. Find out more...

Better fisheries management in Europe

Trawlers operating in the Mediterranean Sea. / ©: WWF / Isaac Vega
Trawlers operating in the Mediterranean Sea.
© WWF / Isaac Vega
WWF has worked for over a decade to ensure that European fisheries policy is long-sighted, precautionary, and based on the best available scientific advice.

In 2002, WWF's Stop Overfishing campaign scored a major victory by helping to put environmental concerns and long-term resource sustainability at the heart of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

We are now working to ensure that the next reform, in 2012, delivers an even more robust policy that will save Europe's seas and the fish in them. 

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