Our Natural World

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.

Overfishing is the biggest driver of biodiversity loss in the seas yet there are currently poor safeguards to prevent damaging exploitation. The implementation of an effective network of marine protected areas is key to tackling this, alongside more sustainable aquaculture.

With the UK leaving the EU and the Common Fisheries Policy, there is real opportunity for change for marine life, as well as the coastal and island communities who depend upon it.

What we want to achieve

Impact goal

Sustainable and ethical food

Long-term outcomes
  • UK is seen as a global leader in the management of marine resources
  • Marine biodiversity is restored at scale and enjoyed by more people
  • Seafood consumed in the UK comes from well-managed stocks
  • Existing traditional coastal communities are sustained and 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