Oceana is the largest international advocacy organisation focused solely on ocean conservation. Our offices around the world work together to make our oceans healthy and abundant, by winning policy victories in the countries that govern much of the world's marine life.
One billion people wake up hungry every day. The U.N. predicts our world population will grow from seven billion to over nine billion by 2050 - and the world must produce 70 percent more food to keep pace. Our oceans can help address this challenge by providing a nutritious meal every day for 700 million people. The answer lies in wild fish that we call the "Perfect Protein."
But the oceans are currently facing a multitude of threats. The good news is that it is still possible to turn the tide and bring back productive and biodiverse oceans by:
stopping overfishing, recovering and sustainably managing fisheries;
eliminating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing;
stopping plastic pollution;
protecting marine habitats;
Moving from current unsustainable fishing practices to more responsible and sustainable ways of catching fish will support the growth of fisheries that can feed million of hungry people. It's a win for the oceans and the species that live in them, and a win for the growing number of people who can depend on a wild fish as a part of their diet. Wild seafood requires minimal fresh water to produce, emits little carbon dioxide, doesn't use up any arable land, and provides healthy protein at a cost lower than beef, chicken, lamb, or pork.
If we save the oceans, we can help feed the world
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