World Fisheries from Sea to Table

Worldwide, fisheries touch our lives in countless ways. If well maintained, they can feed millions of people, generate jobs and income, help maintain long-standing community and cultural traditions, and provide a range of products from medicines to clothing. World Fisheries Day, observed annually on November 21st, is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of fisheries around the world and what we—as fishers or consumers—can do to ensure that they stay healthy and productive. Learn more in our Sustainable Seafood section.

Pike Place Fish Market
Fleet or Fishing Boats in Port in MorrocoTuna in a warehouse waiting to be sold at market.Unloading the Day’s Catch in SenegalFresh Shellfish for Sale in VietnamFinned Sharks in South AfricaAn albatross caught on a fishing line. A skate is among the many bycatch species caught in this shrimp trawl net.King Crab Fishing in AlaskaCelebratory Harvest in Papua New GuineaA Turtle Excluder Device (TED) enables a loggerhead turtle to escape from a net.