fishing livelihoods & communitieS
Who we are
Sustainable Fisheries and Communities Trust (SF&CT) is a new innovative charity established in May 2020 with a clear mission to protect fishing livelihoods and communities in marginalised coastal States. Our charitable purpose is to educate and enable small-scale fisheries in the disadvantaged coastal States to enjoy secure and sustainable livelihoods while protecting the environment for future generations.
We established Sustainable Fisheries and Communities Trust to support marginalised coastal States as their livelihoods and community way of life is at risk. Our vision is for SF&CT to leverage US$5 million for community projects, to advance education and build scientific and technical capacity in these marginalised coastal States so they can develop and protect their interests by 2025.
WHY we EXIST
Over three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods, and marine fisheries directly or indirectly employ over 200 million people. Never before have people consumed so much fish or depended so greatly on the sector for their well-being. Fish is extremely nutritious – a vital source of protein and essential nutrients, especially for the poor. But fisheries and aquaculture is a source not just of health but also of wealth. Employment in the sector has grown faster than the world’s population. Small-scale fisheries (marine and inland) employ about 90% of those involved in fisheries. Globally, the market value of marine and coastal resources and industries is estimated at US$3 trillion per year or about 5% of global GDP.
Fish continues to be one of the most-traded food commodities worldwide. It is especially important for developing countries, sometimes worth half the total value of their traded commodities. Oceans, seas, coastal areas and the associated blue economy are critical to global and national development, food security and the fight against hunger and poverty. They are both engines for economic growth and sources of food and jobs. However, overfishing, pollution and unsustainable coastal development are contributing to irreversible damage to habitats, ecological functions and biodiversity. Climate change and ocean acidification are compounding such impacts at a time when the rising global population requires more fish as food, and as coastal areas are becoming home to a growing percentage of the world’s population.