A majority of the planet’s species live in oceans, lakes and rivers. These lush bodies of water, home to trillions of organisms and full of brilliant color, are under threat. A wide range of species are close to extinction and habitats are under threat by pollution and irresponsible seafood farming—also known as aquaculture.
WWF works to protect farmed shrimp and salmon because they serve a vast number of markets and live in ecologically important habitats. We also focus on tilapia, mussels, clams, scallops, oysters, abalone, pangasius, freshwater trout, seriola and cobia¬ because they provide important sources of protein to people.
Farming these species responsibly will have a substantial, positive effect on the aquaculture industry, environment, and give people the ability to make good food choices. As the world population continues to grow, these and other species of farmed seafood will become an even more important source of protein. They, too, will contribute to the improvement of global food security issues and poverty alleviation.