To determine if a fishery is sustainable or not, two key issues must be considered:

  • The status or 'health' of the fish population or 'stock'
  • The method used to catch the fish.

An environmentally sustainable fishery is one in which species are not depleted. To ensure that the fish population remains at a healthy and sustainable level, fishing activities must be monitored and managed in order to keep the levels at which we are exploiting the resource close to optimal sustainable levels.

A sustainable fishery is also one in which the method used to catch the fish does not destroy marine habitats or catch non-target species that are then discarded.

Well-managed fisheries can help secure fish stocks for the future, safeguard jobs and protect the marine environment. Some sustainable fisheries are certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), which recognizes those fisheries that meet the best practice criteria and awards them through the ecolabelling of their products.

Marine Stewardship Council

Find out more about the MSC here.

EWS-WWF is a national leading environmental NGO. EWS-WWF works at the federal level to conserve biodiversity and promote sustainable living through education and conservation initiatives.

The Choose Wisely campaign is endorsed by the Ministry of Environment and Water of the United Arab Emirates