Our aim is that important fisheries and ocean ecosystems are productive and resilient, and improve livelihoods and biodiversity.
All life on Earth depends on a healthy ocean. Billions of us rely on it for food, livelihoods and many other services. A healthy ocean means healthy people, food security, regional stability and a flourishing ‘blue economy’.
WWF collaborates with fishers, processing plants, seafood exporters, civil society organizations and governments to improve sustainability of fisheries by engaging in Fishery Improvement Projects (FIP). FIPs help fisheries use more sustainable practices, minimize environmental impacts, and ensure effective fisheries management so that they can meet the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standards.
This involves building awareness of and interest in the FIP/MSC process, introducing new technologies and better fishing equipment, and then designing tools like traceability systems that help fisheries meet the MSC standards. WWF will scale up our work in this arena over the coming five years to have major impact on key fisheries.
In addition to sustaining fisheries, we have worked for over 20 years to understand, enhance and protect the health of the Mesoamerican Reef – the largest coral reef in the Western Hemisphere, and for over a decade in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. We will continue to enhance the effectiveness of marine and coastal protected areas to conserve both biodiversity and livelihoods. Find out more here.
Also, you can learn more about what we do globally on the Oceans practice here.