Topic: Fisheries

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From Ruin to Resilience: Supporting Global Fisheries’ Sustainability amid Pandemic

Marine fisheries generate a critical protein source for more than a billion people worldwide, and an often irreplaceable source of income for developing-world communities exporting to international markets. Yet poor fisheries management frequently results in habitat destruction and overfishing, depleting stocks and steadily raising the costs to land each kilogram of fish.[1] The need for a new paradigm for global fisheries management and trade—built on science-based catch limits and basic labor standards for all industry participants—was urgent before the Covid-19 pandemic. Today the situation is even more dire. As a result of the pandemic and stringent public health measures, small-scale…

Programs

Sustainable Fisheries Fund

Since 2002, the Sustainable Fisheries Fund (SFF) has provided match funding for small-scale fisheries to build technical capacity and advance sustainability through certifications such as the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard, Fair Trade, and registered Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs). SFF grantmaking has supported MSC certification for more than 55 fisheries, Fair Trade-certification for three fisheries, and documented progress in environmental performance and social responsibility for dozens of FIPs. In 2022, toward the goal of centering human rights and social responsibility in seafood sustainability, RLF and its partners focused SFF grantmaking on support to FIPs worldwide to implement the FisheryProgress Human…

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Federal Fisheries Policy Coalition

Established in 2015, the project is a coalition of national ocean fish conservation organizations working in close coordination to preserve and, where possible, advance conservation gains in U.S. marine fisheries policy and management. Project priorities include ecosystem-based fisheries management and promoting climate-ready fisheries in the United States.

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California Fisheries Improvement Strategy

The California Fisheries Improvement Strategy (FIS) program works to ensure commercially and recreationally significant California state-managed fisheries meet global standards for sustainability and good management. FIS fosters innovations in fisheries management and practices, supports improved capacity of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and promotes modernization of data collection and analysis. Related News: Conservation Leadership More Important Than Ever, by Kaitilin Gaffney | April 22, 2020