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The Peruvian sea is one of the most productive and biodiverse in the world

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The ocean face a number of challenges that threaten their sustainability and put at risk both marine life and the habitats and services they provide, such as illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, bycatch of protected species, overfishing, ghost gear, and pollution, among others.

Why is it important?

The Peruvian sea sustains the livelihoods of hundreds of fishing communities: 76,000 jobs for artisanal fishers and thousands more along the value chain; it contributes to the country's food security and produces billions of dollars in foreign exchange for exports. Peruvian anchovy fishing is the world's largest single-species fishery, and we account for half of the world's landings of jumbo squid and mahi mahi.

Our sea is home to more than a thousand species of fish, 5 of 7 species of sea turtles, 68 species of sharks, more than 100 species of sea birds and more than 30 species of cetaceans.

Did you know?

According to the FAO, Peru loses 360 million dollars annually in illegal fishing.

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Together for the sustainability of our oceans

Our goal as WWF is to make the Peruvian sea healthy and productive, contributing to the well-being of people and conserving its biodiversity. Our work is divided into the following areas: promoting the sustainability of fisheries, conserving their biodiversity, ensuring participatory and transparent governance, and promoting environmental education.  

How can you contribute to the sustainability of fisheries?

Peru is the first consumer of fish in Latin America. That is why WWF, together with SPDA, Conservamos por Naturaleza, Oceana, GIZ, among other organizations, is promoting the campaign "El tamaño sí importa" that encourages responsible fish consumption through respect for minimum catch sizes, closures and diversification of consumption by less vulnerable resources. 


"The sustainability of our fisheries and the conservation of our seas will only be possible by working together with artisanal fishers, businesses, academy, civil society organizations and the government".

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