Sustainable and ethical food

Fishing in tandem with nature

Developing a more sustainable fishing and seafood industry is important for protecting ecosystems and allowing the recovery of wildlife populations. This is also beneficial for small coastal communities who depend on it for their livelihoods.

Why we're prioritising sustainable seafood consumption

Rationale

Overfishing is the biggest driver of biodiversity loss in the seas yet there are currently poor safeguards to prevent damaging exploitation.

There is a window of influence in the UK as a result of our leaving the EU and the Common Fisheries Policy. It’s a good fit with our interest in communities because of the damaging influence of the current system on small coastal communities. Additionally, we can apply most of our ‘tools’.

What we want to achieve

Long-term outcomes
  • The UK is seen as a global leader in the management of marine resources
  • Seafood consumed in the UK comes from well-managed stocks
  • The economy of small fishing communities is revived
  • The status of marine wildlife populations is understood, effectively monitored and safeguards are in place to allow recovery