Learn more: Industrial Fishing


Large-scale industrial fishing has adversely affected much of the world’s ocean ecosystems. The high Arctic has some of the last few ocean areas that are is still relatively pristine.

Yet large-scale industrial fisheries are burgeoning in the sub-Arctic seas. Already, there is evidence of northward migration of fish stocks and the fleets in these seas. Sea ice recession will open new fragile areas in the Arctic.

Oceana is working to stop the expansion of destructive bottom trawling, ban all fishing for forage species, the heart of the food web, in the Arctic, and ensure that any expansion of large-scale industrial fishing in the Arctic does not threaten the ecosystem or subsistence way of life. This includes national and international agreements to responsibly manage fishing in the Arctic.