Stop overfishing: you can play your part


  • As a consumer, you can determine which species are fished since your shopping habits will influence the range on offer. When purchasing fish, choose products with organic or eco-labelling (Bioland © Naturland © or MSC ©) that certify ecologically and socially sustainable fisheries. 
  • Choose fish species that are not under threat. Examples include herring or domestic freshwater fish such as carp. To find out what fish you can purchase without feeling guilty, please check out the consumer guide published by WWF.
  • Avoid fish or shrimp raised on aquafarms. Aquaculture has led to the destruction of habitats such as mangrove forests in many parts of the world. It is also a contributing factor in overfishing: four kilos of wild fish are needed to produce one kilo of farmed fish. You can make an exception for German certified fish farms.
  • Buy consciously. You don’t always have to eat fish. There are other sources of protein. Many herbal products such as flaxseed, canola oil, walnuts and algae contain - like fish - important omega-3 fatty acids.


  • If you are interested in ending overfishing, one way to help is by informing your friends and acquaintances about the problem.
  • You can also campaign for marine protected areas, sustainable fishing quotas, better controls, as well as environmentally and socially sustainable fisheries.