Seafood is delicious, nutritious, and complicated. Fisheries are extractive, yet renewable. They are largely threatened by climate change and ocean acidification, yet eating fish instead of other animal protein would reduce carbon emissions. Fisheries are a common pool resource—the ocean is not private property—making management both fascinating and complex. We hope you enjoy learning about the intricacies of seafood as much as we like writing about it.
Poor & incapacitated management can lead to overfishing and bad practices. According to FAO, 69% of fisheries are currently sustainable, providing 82% of consumed seafood. We want to get these numbers up to 100%!
Fisheries in many countries have been improving for decades. After many high profile fish stock crashes in the 1980s & 1990s (like Atlantic Cod), governments around the world have made huge efforts to manage their fisheries. The US leads the way in sustainability with 95% of fisheries providing over 99% of consumed seafood.
Our funding is part of a larger project at the University of Washington (hence our URL) that primarily pays student and researcher salaries to build, maintain, and analyze fishery databases. We feature some of the research publications that come from those analyses, but also report on other studies. The money is provided to the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at UW, which oversees the project. Contributors to the project include various philanthropic foundations, government grants, international organizations, environmental NGOs, and some fishing companies and their affiliated NGOs.