Overfishing Stories

  • Coastal community heroes

    April 08, 2021

    Coastal communities are the stewards of the ocean, and their livelihoods directly depend on its health. Six people living at the intersection of land and sea around the world tell us why they are so committed to the ocean and what it has brought to their lives.

    Small woven houses sitting on top of a system of stilts out in clear blue water with a green boat anchored nearby
  • Protecting India’s fisheries

    March 08, 2021

    Dr. Vineetha Aravind is the lead coordinator for shrimp and cephalopod fisheries that are working to improve their sustainability through fishery improvement projects. She's helping to introduce new fishing nets that will reduce the amount of bycatch.

    Several fishing boats float in a canal-like space with palm trees in the background
  • It's time to stop funding overfishing

    November 12, 2020

    Harmful fisheries subsidies fuel harmful fishing practices. Rather than subsidizing fishing activities that hurt the ocean, communities, and the economy, governments have an opportunity to reroute funding toward efforts that bring benefits to marine health and human well-being.

    Gill net fisher on water
  • Do you know what's really on your plate?

    July 23, 2020

    Since 1970, global populations of mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, and amphibians have declined an average of 70%. For freshwater species, the situation is even bleaker; in that same time frame, populations have declined by 84%, and 1 in 3 freshwater species are now threatened with extinction. Being mindful of what species are at risk in the marine and freshwater environments can help you protect these animals from disappearing for good and enjoy your seafood responsibly.

    Bluefin tuna sushi sitting on a plate
  • Helping fisheries around the world meet the highest standard

    May 28, 2020

    Fishery Improvement Projects—called “FIPs” for short—draw together fishers, industry, researchers, government and NGOs to help improve fishing practices and management. Through a transparent and comprehensive approach, FIPs aim to increase a fishery’s performance and help it meet the sustainability requirements.

    Two lobster fishers on their boat in the Bahamas
  • World leaders can keep more fish in the ocean by ending this one practice

    June 18, 2019

    In fishing, money is a strong motivator that can incentivize people to improve practices and fund the management necessary to reduce fishing’s footprint on the natural world. But spending money in the wrong ways can also exacerbate the consequences of overfishing.

    fish with trawl fishing net
  • New technology helps WWF and partners study whales in one of the most remote places on the planet

    May 21, 2019

    Using new technology, like drones and digital tags, researchers have found that nearly every part of the Antarctica peninsula is important for whales’ feeding and resting. But it is also a hotspot for global climate change. WWF is calling for the protection of this remote wilderness in or effort to preserve 30% of the oceans by 2030.

    whale fluke Chris Johnson
  • In Mozambique, banning fishing leads to a bigger catch

    Pulizica, a small fishing community in Mozambique’s Primeiras e Segundas archipelago, is home to the newest fish sanctuary established by the CARE-WWF Alliance, a global partnership to address the root causes of poverty and environmental degradation. How well is the protected area recovering declining fish stocks in the region?

    Fisherman gathers seine nets from the water on the Ilha de Mafamede, Mozambique. Mafamede is one of the protected islands that comprise Primeiras e Segundas.
  • A better way to fish for yellowfin tuna in the Philippines

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2018
    High demand for yellowfin makes it an important economic lifeline for some communities in the Philippines. Unfortunately, yellowfin populations can’t handle much more pressure from fishing.
    tuna spring2018
  • Will there be enough fish to feed the world in 2050?

    January 13, 2017

    The world must do more to sustainably manage fishing if we’re to address increasing global demand for protein in the coming decades. If the situation doesn’t improve, millions of people may no longer be able to afford fish by 2050. 

    Disappointingly small catch of Southern hake
  • Eyes on the water in Belize

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2016
    In Palencia Village, a loose coalition of people is finding new ways to make a living from nature while protecting their long-held way of life
    Mariko Wallen snorkeling to evaluate staghorn and elkhorn corals at Laughing Bird Caye National Park
  • Effects of Overfishing

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2014
    Who's been talking about illegal fishing?
  • Illegal Fishing Puts Crab Populations at Risk

    October 16, 2014

    A new WWF study has revealed populations of crab in the Russian Far East are at risk of collapse due to overharvest from illegal fishing.

    pulling in crab pot
  • Can protecting fish and improving farms ease the food crisis in Mozambique?

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2014
    Will simultaneously developing no-take fishing zones and working with farmers to establish conservation agriculture techniques result in more food for local consumption?
  • Infinite Depths

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2014
    Protecting oceans and a global seafood pipeline
    Fish in net hauled up from water
  • Shark Facts vs. Shark Myths

    Get shark facts and help WWF dispel myths about sharks during Shark Week and beyond. How many of these have you heard?

    porbeagle shark