Today is World Fisheries Day (21 November) which aims to highlight the important role that fisheries and the people who are involved in them play in our lives.

On the remote South Atlantic island of Tristan da Cunha the community manage a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) sustainable Rock Lobster fishery.

The fishers use low impact, sustainable methods to catch lobster. They work physically demanding jobs, out in the ocean, exposed to the elements to bring in lobster for export across the globe!

To ensure the fishery stays healthy for future generations the community only catch what they need, they return females with eggs to the ocean, and they monitor the population to ensure it is strong and healthy.

Fishing (c) Janine Lavarello
Fishing (c) Janine Lavarello

Fishing makes up over half of the island’s economy and every member of the community is involved in fishing in some way.

Across the globe it is estimated that a third of fisheries are too heavily fished and others are threatened by climate change, pollution, and habitat destruction. However, the waters around Tristan da Cunha are near pristine and are protected.

The Tristan da Cunha Marine Protection Zone cover 91% of their waters and no-fishing or extraction is permitted in this area. The community only fish in designated Fishing Zones ensuring their marine environments stay healthy for marine life and for future generations.

Watch the video to find out more about lobster fishing on Tristan da Cunha.

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