Bycatch, the unintended catch of non-target species, is one of the most significant issues affecting the biological sustainability of marine fisheries. Sharks, seabirds, marine mammals, and sea turtles, all which are ecologically important in ocean habitats, are all vulnerable to capture and harm in commercial fisheries. Many of these species are distributed across large geographic areas and have a significant overlap with fisheries. The catch of these species is of great concern, because many populations are already at very low levels.
To address this critical threat, SFP is launching an international effort to protect endangered, threatened, and protected (ETP) ocean species. This first-ever initiative will engage and mobilize retailers, the seafood industry, and the entire supply chain to reduce the worldwide bycatch of ETP species, including sharks, seabirds, marine mammals, and sea turtles. We will work closely with our retail and foodservice partners and companies throughout the seafood supply chain to capitalize on opportunities to take action to reduce bycatch and promote measures to reduce the impact of fishing on ocean wildlife.