Reducing fishing pressure
We are particularly working for:
- science-based fishing quotas
- comprehensive fisheries monitoring
- credible fisheries control schemes
- effective fisheries recovery plans
- protection of spawning aggregations, juvenile fish, and important fish habitats through permanent or seasonal measures such as fishing gear restrictions, fisheries closures, and no-take zones through for example the creation of fisheries Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), especially in our vulnerable deep seas and high seas.
Examples of our work
Examples of WWF´work to reduce fishing pressure include:
• successfully advocating for seasonal closures in several European fisheries
• helping to develop and implement fish recovery plans in key commercial fisheries. These include tuna, cod, overfished species in European waters; deep-sea fisheries; and fisheries in the Southern and Pacific Oceans.
• helping to create Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), no-take zones, and seasonal closures around important spawning and nursery sites to help depleted local fisheries recover and reduce the impact of fisheries on marine life, including in Australia, Belize, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Mozambique, Senegal, Turkey, and the US. Several of these MPAs and fisheries are managed by local communities, often using traditional practices.