The Dutch Postcode Lottery has pledged an annual sum of €500,000 to support the Marine Stewardship Council for a further three years.
With the FAO reporting a further increase in overfished stocks, the drive to move to more sustainable fishing globally is critical. Approximately 60% of wild marine seafood is caught in the global south providing food, income and livelihoods for millions.
“Fishing is an essential source of income and food for hundreds of millions living in communities across the lower income countries, but there is an urgent need to accelerate the spread of sustainable fishing practices if these precious natural resources are to be protected for future generations,” said MSC chief executive, Rupert Howes.
“This funding will help us continue to work first-hand with fisheries, supporting that development” he added.
Since 2017 there has been a 71% increase in the number of fisheries from the global south which are either MSC-certified or in assessment. The Dutch Postcode Lottery, which has been supporting MSC since 2011, is already helping fisheries in Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa through its contribution to the MSC’s Fish For Good initiative.
Jonne Arnoldussen, head of the charity department at the Dutch Postcode Lottery, said that future generations have the right to thriving oceans and an abundance of sustainable seafood. “The MSC’s unique approach means that everyone can play a part in protecting making this vision a reality,” he said.