Global overfishing is one of the most pressing sustainability issues of our time.

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of all commercial fish stocks are fully exploited, overfished or have already collapsed.
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of the catch is bycatch and thrown back into the sea either dead, dying or seriously injured.
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of fish are captured illegally every minute

Who we are

FishAct is a conservation movement of volunteers from all over Europe, fighting for a future with healthy oceans full of life. Our voluntary fisheries observers go on undercover missions to document and expose illegal and destructive fishing practices.

How we work

Citizen Inspector Network

We train volunteers as undercover fisheries observers to become actively involved in port inspections and market research.

Education and awareness

Our team is joining and organizing events all over Europe, to talk about the challenges the ocean faces and the work of FishAct.

Campaigns and policy work

To stop overfishing, we are working together with other organisations and meet politicians and stakeholders.

The problem

Industrial high-tech fleets are emptying our oceans.

Industrial fishing is a multinational, multibillion-dollar industry, which has been depleting fish populations worldwide for decades, driving many marine species towards extinction.

It is estimated that the fishing industry kills between 1 and 2.7 trillion fish from the wild every year. The reason why industrial fishing vessels can catch these huge amounts of fish is their size and their technical equipment.

Global overfishing one of the most pressing sustainability issues of our time.

Everywhere on this planet floating factories are emptying our oceans at an increasing rate.  90% of the global fish stocks are believed to be fully used or overfished, severely threatening the sustainability of the marine environment and the world’s largest food resource.

Despite this overexploitation of our seas, the EU is still the world’s primary importer of fish. Today, each person eats on average 19.2 kg of fish a year, that’s almost twice as much as what we ate 50 years ago. Our oceans simply cannot withstand this level of exploitation.

(image source: U.S. Coast Guard)

Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing is a serious threat to marine ecosystems and legitimate fishermen.

It is estimated that between 20 and 50% of all seafood worldwide is either illegally caught, mislabeled, never reported, or from a fishery without a management regime. This translates into 800 kilos of illegal fish extracted from the ocean every second, a staggering quantity!

Low priority given to IUU fishing by enforcements is an enticing factor for associated activities, because it’s low risk, but high return. Far from constituting a harmless lack of compliance with regulations, IUU fishing destroys marine ecosystems, threatens food security, harms legitimate fishers and damages the economy and state governance.

FishAct in action:

Fighting illegal fishing in the Mediterranean

Watch our latest documentary about our undercover investigation on Sicily and learn what our activists are doing in the field and what keeps them positive and motivated.

A movie by Tom Vierus for FishAct

Help save the ocean!

Latest News


The CFP has failed!

The Common Fisheries Policy of the European Union has failed. The CFP came into force 2014 and required all member states to end overfishing until

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Awards, awards, awards!

Over the last couple of months FishAct and design agency MUTABOR won multiple design awards for the rebranding of the organization and the interactive microsite.

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