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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

AfrObis is the African arm of OBIS, based in South Africa. OBIS is a global open-access data and information clearing-house on marine biodiversity for science, conservation and sustainable development. More than 20 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 (IODE) programme in 2009. AfrObis is the African arm of OBIS, based in South Africa.

Alaska Marine Conservation Council


Alaska Marine Conservation Council is a community-based, non-profit organization committed to protecting the long-term health of Alaska's marine ecosystems and sustaining the working waterfronts of the state's coastal communities.

Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition


The ASOC Southern Ocean Fisheries Campaign works on five continents to stop the Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing that is dramatically depleting toothfish stocks, the most important commercial fish in the Southern Ocean. At the same time, the long-liners are killing thousands of endangered albatrosses and other seabirds each year.

Billfish Foundation


Billfish Foundation works worldwide to advance the conservation of Billfish & associated species to improve the health of oceans & economies.

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 Alliance


The Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman's Alliance (previously 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


A general environmental group with a marine campaign, the US-based Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is known for its work 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. EDF has national offices in New York and Washington, and several regional offices in the USA, and also in London in Europe, and in China, Mexico and Indonesia.



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 currently hosted by the 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 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.'

Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute


The GCFI is a non-profit organization that works throughout the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico region, renowned for their annual meetings since 1947, actively promoting the exchange of information on the use and management fo marine resources in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. GCFI has worked for over 2 decades on developing coral-reef marine protected areas networks in the Caribbean and has developed the capacity of MPAs and their managers. They work together with multiple organizations, including UNEP and NOAA, to address issues in the area, including marine litter, sustainable fisheries, coral reef monitoring, amongst many others.

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).

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