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Unsustainable fishing methods threaten the stability of marine ecosystems.

Global fish stocks are collapsing.

Industrialized fishing practices are a primary threat to marine life worldwide. Global fish stocks are being overharvested at ecologically and economically indefensible levels. Heavily subsidized commercial fisheries undermine sensitive ocean ecosystems, threaten climate stability, jeopardize global food security, and imperil marine wildlife. Fisheries and aquaculture contribute nutrition, income, and livelihoods for hundreds of millions of people around the world—but at a high cost to marine ecosystems. Fish is one of the most-traded food commodities worldwide. Destructive fishing methods, such as bottom trawling and drift net fisheries, destroy delicate marine habitats, including coral reef, seagrass, and seabed communities. 

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Why This Issue Matters
Why it is important

Destructive industrial fishing practices are a primary threat to marine life worldwide.

How it relates to you

Unsustainable fisheries undermine healthy oceans, global food security, and species protection.

How to join the cause

Learn about OPS campaigns to address global fisheries and take action now!

Give the ocean a day off.

Be part of the solution and keep fish off your dish. Commercial fisheries deplete the world’s oceans and pose a risk to marine life. Have to eat fish? Know where your fish comes from, and how it is caught.

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Racing Extinction

Overfishing, habitat destruction, and unsustainable bycatch are depleting marine life, harming coastal communities, and threatening endangered species. OPS exposes the extensive global trade in shark products and an ocean under threat.



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Through our collaborations with partners, policy makers, and front-line defenders, we champion a more humane and sustainable future.

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