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Fish Conservation

 Fish research - Fish identification - Fish monitoring.and surveying


For Sustainable fishing, sustainable seafood and aquaculture,  go to Fish as a Resource 


South Africa

OBIS is a global open-access data and information clearing-house on marine biodiversity for science, conservation and sustainable development. More than 30 OBIS nodes around the world connect 500 institutions from 56 countries. Collectively, they have provided over 45 million observations of nearly 120 000 marine species, from Bacteria to Whales, from the surface to 10 900 meters depth, and from the Tropics to the Poles. OBIS emanates from the Census of Marine Life (2000-2010) and was adopted as a project under IOC-UNESCO’s International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) programme in 2009. AfrObis is the Africa arm of OBIS, based in South Africa.

Blue Marine Foundation


The aim of Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) is 'to combat over-fishing and the destruction of biodiversity – arguably the largest problem facing the world’s oceans – by delivering practical conservation solutions, including the creation of large-scale marine reserves.' This includes sustainable fisheries which will allow fish stocks to recover. Their reach includes the UK, St Helena, Maldives, Aeolian Islands, Ascension Islands, Caspian Sea, Namibia, Patagonia and Tristan da Cunha, amongst others, and includes seagrass revegetation, protection of kelp forests, aquaculture and the blue economy in a drive to protect marine life and the communities dependent on it.

Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Association


The Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman's Association is an alliance of fishermen, community members, public officials and scientists working together to build creative strategies, advocate for improved marine policies, protect the ocean ecosystem, and ensure the viability and future of Cape Cod's fisheries.



DEEPWAVE e.V. was founded in 2003 by the marine biologist and deep sea researcher Onno Groß and a small group of ocean enthusiasts in Hamburg. Since then, it has successfully campaigned regionally and internationally for the protection of the oceans and their inhabitants. DEEPWAVE's goal is to contribute to the development of environmentally friendly structures for the marine ecosystem, as well as to inspire individuals to conserve the oceans. They do this by raising awareness of the threats to the oceans, spreading scientific knowledge, contributing to improve marine policies, and providing a forum for networking.

Environmental Defense Fund


General environmental group with Marine Campaign; The US-based Environmental Defense Fund or EDF is known for its works in the area of global warming, ecosystem restoration and oceans. In addition to working with fishing communities to offer transitional and financial support, the organisation's goals include the curbing of overfishing and also begin sustainable fishing models in several countries.



FishBase is a global biodiversity information system on finfishes. Its initial goal to provide key facts on population dynamics for 200 major commercial species has now grown to having a wide range of information on all species currently known in the world: taxonomy, biology, trophic ecology, life history, and uses, as well as historical data reaching back to 250 years. FishBase is hosted by Quantitative Aquatics, Incorporated (Q-quatics), (, a non-stock, non-profit, non-governmental organization engaged in the development and management of global databases on aquatic organisms. Management of the Fishbase is in the Philippines, while members of the 13-member consortium are based all around the world.

Global Fishing Watch


Under the general aim of 'Sustainability through transparency in global fishing activity', Global Fishing Watch is the result of a partnership between Oceana, SkyTruth and Google that 'identifies apparent fishing activity and provides the world's first global view of commercial fishing'. It is an online tool that allows anyone in the world to see what 35,000 of the world’s largest commercial fishing vessels are doing, and to track them in near-real time, for free. 'Our purpose is to create and publicly share knowledge about human activity at sea to enable fair and sustainable use of our ocean. We use cutting-edge technology to turn big data into actionable information. We believe human activity at sea should be common knowledge in order to safeguard the global ocean for the good of all.'

Marine Conservation Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Marine Conservation Northern Ireland are lobbying our Government to present the argument for the protection and promotion of fish stocks for the purpose of recreational Sea Angling (RSA), initially through the implementation of marine protect areas(MPA’s).



MedReAct’s mission is 'to catalyse action for the recovery of Mediterranean marine ecosystems by ensuring a fair and responsible long-term use of our Common Sea.' MedReAct consists senior marine campaigners and NGOs that jointly worked to reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), and who coordinated the coalition OCEAN2012 in Greece, Cyprus, France, Italy and Spain (, which helped securing the CFP main objective of stopping overfishing by 2020. They have now turned their attention to recovery of the Mediterranean ecosystems.



OBIS is a global open-access data and information clearing-house on marine biodiversity for science, conservation and sustainable development. As a project of the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange programme of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, it aims to be 'the most comprehensive gateway to the world’s ocean biodiversity and biogeographic data and information required to address pressing coastal and world ocean concerns. It has the mission to be global alliance in which scientists share biodiversity and biogeographic data and information on marine life. There are more than 30 OBIS nodes around the world connect 500 institutions from 56 countries.

Our Fish


Our Fish is working to end overfishing and restore a healthy ocean ecosystem. By collaborating with others, and deploying robust evidence, they are calling for an end to overfishing as a critical and significant action to address the biodiversity and climate crisis.


South Africa

A platform promoting inter-disciplinary, international research to better understand the complexities of fisheries crime towards law and policy reform.

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