Fisheries and Aquaculture provide food and work all over the world, especially in developing countries. Over 80 Million tons are harvested annually from the sea by capture fisheries, and marine aquaculture produces another 26 Million tons. 260 Million people are employed in fisheries worldwide, most of them in small-scale fisheries in tropical and subtropical regions. Fish and shellfish are highly important for food security and provide over three billion people with almost 20% of their animal protein intake. At the same time, the intense exploitation has led to widespread overfishing, today 90% of fish stocks are exploited at maximum sustainable levels or are already being overfished.
This report, Solutions in Focus: Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, have compiled a number of inspiring best practice examples – blue solutions – that have had positive impacts on ecosystems, fish populations and on the economy of fishers and fishing communities.