Fisheries > Introduction

Directly or indirectly, the livelihood of over 500 million people in developing countries depends on fisheries and aquaculture, but overfishing, including the taking of fish beyond sustainable levels, may reduce fish stocks and employment in many world regions.

Friend of the Sea certification program contributes to the health of the oceans by assessing and promoting sustainable fishing practices.

More and more fisheries around the world are motivated to fish sustainably, in order to meet Friend of the Sea standards and achieve certification.

Friend of the Sea sustainable fishery criteria require:

  • non-onverexploited target stock according to FAO, Regional Fishery Bodies and National Marine Authorities;
  • no relevant impact on the seabed;
  • selective fishing method (max 8% discards);
  • no bycaught species included in the IUCN Redlist of endangered species;
  • compliance with legal requirements (incl. TACs, no IUU, no FOC, mesh size, min size, MPA, etc);
  • energy balance and yearly fuel efficiency improvement;
  • waste management;
  • social accountability.

Click here to see the list of all approved fisheries.

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