How We Fish

Marine Conservation Institute is working to ensure our seas are sustainable, now, and for future generations.

We do this by encouraging fishermen to shift toward using sustainable fishing methods. Since our founding, we have worked to limit the impact of bottom trawling and other destructive fishing gear on sensitive marine ecosystems, while encouraging the use of fishing methods that are less harmful to benthic habitats and have lower rates of bycatch –unwanted species caught up in the net, many of which are thrown away dead or dying.

Our partnership with Holland America Line has taken this one step further, as we help highlight sustainable seafood choices onboard their cruises worldwide and educate their guests about important marine conservation issues. Over the last 50 years, we have lost 90% of the big fish in the sea to our dinner plates, but it’s not too late to save them. Our oceans have a remarkable capacity for recovery.