Each of us eats an average of 19 kg of fish per year — almost twice as much as 50 years ago.

It would be hard to imagine our diets without fish, and global demand continues to increase. To keep up with our appetite, we’re now taking more fish out than the ocean can produce. But we’ve reached the point where the marine ecosystems and many local communities — especially in the developing countries — are at risk. Overfishing has become the second biggest threat to our oceans after climate change, so there could be soon no more fish left to catch, breed or eat.

Fortunately, we can stop overfishing. But we need your help.

More than half of the fish you buy comes from developing countries.

The European Union is the world’s primary importer of fish and more than half of what is imported comes from Asian, African and other developing countries where many local communities depend on fisheries to survive. Fish and seafood is the most traded commodity globally.

The hard facts

Each [Italian] eats an average of [25] kg of fish per year, and [19] kg are imported.

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93%

of the assessed fish stocks in the Mediterranean are overfished

31%

of the global fish stocks are overfished

800 million people depend on fish as a source of nutrition and income for their families. Most of them live in developing countries.

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In 2014, EU Mediterranean countries imported about

85%

of the fish they consumed

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Illegal and unregulated fishing could soon reach up to

26 million tonnes

more than

30%

of the world’s total annual capture

We’re all connected and together we can make a difference.

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