Scientists, policymakers, NGOs and fishery managers are all concerned about the global decline of fish stocks. Seafood is also an essential part of global trade, with tens of millions of people dependent on fishing for their livelihoods. However fishing must be done responsibly to protect our marine ecosystems for the future. Climate change also brings about uncertainties that increase the challenges of fishing and marine conservation.
Since fish is a renewable food source, sustainable fishing can protect fishing communities and maintain productive oceans. ISEAL founding organisation and full member Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is working to create thriving marine ecosystems around the world by recognising fisheries that fish sustainably and working with companies to build markets for sustainable seafood.
While MSC focuses on wild-capture fisheries, a different certification programme has been developed to reduce environmental and social impacts in fish farming. ISEAL affiliate Aquaculture Stewardship Council manages the global standards for responsible aquaculture (for eight farmed species) developed by the WWF Aquaculture Dialogues.