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World Fisheries Day

On World Fisheries Day, let's raise awareness and appreciation for the vital role fisheries play in our world's ecosystem. Let's protect our oceans and their inhabitants!
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Get ready to cast your line and celebrate World Fisheries Day on November 21! This day was established in 1997 by the World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fish Workers, to raise awareness about the importance of sustainable fishing practices and preserving our marine ecosystems. Fishing has been a vital source of food and livelihood for many communities around the world for centuries, making this holiday an important reminder to protect our oceans for future generations. So whether you're a fisherman or simply enjoy seafood, take some time to appreciate the beauty and bounty of our oceans on this special day.

History of World Fisheries Day

World Fisheries Day Dates

World Fisheries Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1955</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Birth of Modern Fisheries Science</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Beverton-Holt model, a cornerstone of fisheries science, was developed by Ray Beverton and Sidney Holt in 1955, laying the groundwork for modern sustainable fishing practices.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1972</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Marine Protection Act</div><div class='timeline-text'>The U.S. passes the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act, marking an important step in the recognition of the need to protect marine environments against harmful activities.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1982</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>UN Law of the Sea Convention</div><div class='timeline-text'>The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is opened for signature, establishing a legal framework to govern all uses of the world's seas and oceans.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1995</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>FAO Code of Conduct</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) introduces a voluntary Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, promoting sustainable practices and conservation of aquatic ecosystems.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1997</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First World Fisheries Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The World Forum for Fisher Peoples in collaboration with the World Forum of Fish Harvesters & Fish Workers established the first World Fisheries Day to highlight the importance of maintaining the world's fisheries.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Global Recognition of Fisheries</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Sustainable Development Goal 14 by the United Nations made explicit reference to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources – a significant acknowledgement of the role of fisheries in the world.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate World Fisheries Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go fishing</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>The best way to celebrate World Fisheries Day is to actually go fishing! Spend the day on a boat or by the shore and experience the joy of catching your own fish.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Try new seafood dishes</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Expand your taste buds by trying out new seafood dishes from different cultures. You can even make a game out of it and rate each dish you try.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Support sustainable fishing practices</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Educate yourself about sustainable fishing practices and make a conscious effort to support them. This will help preserve our oceans and ensure a future for fisheries.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit an aquarium or marine park</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a trip to an aquarium or marine park to learn more about different types of fish and their habitats. This is a great way to celebrate World Fisheries Day with your family or friends.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer at a local fisheries organization</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Spend the day volunteering at a local fisheries organization to show your support and contribute to their efforts in promoting sustainable fishing practices and protecting marine life.</p></div></div>

Why We Love World Fisheries Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It raises awareness about the importance of sustainable fishing practices</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>World Fisheries Day is a chance to educate and inform people about responsible fishing methods and the importance of preserving our oceans. It brings attention to issues such as overfishing and bycatch, which can have a major impact on global fish populations.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It celebrates the diversity of seafood</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Seafood is an important part of many cultures and cuisines around the world, and World Fisheries Day honors this diversity. From shrimp to salmon to squid, there are endless types of delicious seafood for us to enjoy - and it's all thanks to sustainable fishing practices.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It highlights the interconnectedness of humans and the ocean</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Our oceans play a vital role in our planet's ecosystem, and without proper fisheries management, our marine life could be threatened. World Fisheries Day reminds us that we are not only responsible for our own actions, but also the health of the oceans and all the creatures that call it home. It's a chance to come together and work towards a sustainable future for both humans and marine life.</p></div></div>

5 Unfathomable Facts for World Fisheries Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Approximately 38.5% of Fish and Sea Creatures are Caught Unsustainably </h3><p class='facts-content'>While sustainable fish presenting practices are improving, in 2018 it was found that around 38.5% of the world's marine fish stock were being fished at biologically unsustainable levels.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Fisheries Create Over 200 Million Jobs Worldwide</h3><p class='facts-content'>The fishing industry, including its supply chains, provides income and work for over 200 million individuals around the world, underscoring the importance of sustainable practices.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Fish Farms Supply About Half of the World's Seafood</h3><p class='facts-content'>Aquaculture, or fish farming, is the fastest-growing form of food production and currently provides roughly half of all the seafood consumed globally.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Approximately 30% of Worldwide Fisheries are Overexploited</h3><p class='facts-content'>Despite the efforts in sustainability, it is estimated that 30% of the world's fisheries are overexploited, pushing them beyond the capacity to support viable populations.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Climate Change is a Major Threat to Fisheries</h3><p class='facts-content'>Changes in ocean temperature can disrupt fish migration and spawning habits, leading to shifts in global fish populations. Fishermen and coastal communities who rely on traditional fishing grounds are greatly affected by this.</p></div></div

World Fisheries Day FAQs

When is World Fisheries Day?

World Fisheries Day is celebrated on November 21 every year. In 2024 World Fisheries Day will occur on a Thursday.

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