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Urgent crowdfunding appeal


91% of Mediterranean now overfished,
the situation is critical

With your help we can build the world’s largest fisheries monitoring network to stop illegal fishing

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91% of the Mediterranean is now heavily overfished. The situation is catastrophic.

The European Commission recently reported that 91% of all fish stocks in the Mediterranean Sea are now classed as over-exploited. The situation is very dire. Longlines are killing our sea birds, illegal driftnets our whales and dolphins. Dynamite fishing and illicit landings of ‘black’ fish are a daily occurance along the Mediterranean coast. Our oceans are dying. If we work together we have a chance to move things around but only if we act fast.


We are in a unique position to tackle illegal overfishing in the Mediterranean. But we need your help.

The Black Fish has developed a daring and innovative approach to tackle illegal fishing head-on. Over the last couple of years we have been training Citizen Inspectors, collecting evidence of illegal fishing and established partnerships with enforcement authorities, making civil enforcement possible. Amazingly, it is working! With confiscations and new prosecutions as a result, our inspectors are increasingly successful in taking on fishing crime. But we need your support, now more than ever before. With your support we can scale up our activities ahead of upcoming fishing seasons and make sure criminal fishing operators face justice.

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€12,134 raised of our €20,000 goal

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We are building the world’s largest fisheries monitoring network. Support us in training civilian inspectors.

This year we will train over 120 people across five countries as Citizen Inspectors; volunteers that help inspect fishing ports and markets for illegal operations. Documenting evidence of suspected activities has a profound effect on enforcement and policy work, where hard evidence counts. The Black Fish is on track to run the world’s largest civilian fisheries monitoring network by the start of 2016, with close to 200 Citizen Inspectors operating in over seven countries across Europe and North Africa. Help make this ambitious game plan a reality. Make a contribution today.


We support struggling fishing inspectors. Act with us where authorities are unable to.

In Italy, where we work in direct partnership with coastguard, our Citizen Inspectors increase monitoring and enforcement capacity and assist with confiscations of illegal fishing gear at sea. In the case of Italy, the authorities are massively over-stretched due to the growing number of migrants crossing over from North Africa, which has been seized upon by criminal fishing operators to scale up their illegal fishing operations. The Black Fish helps when help is most needed. With your donation we can assist struggling officials to uphold the laws of the sea.

Your contribution pays for boat fuel and safety equipment. Help us protect threatened ocean life.

By supporting our appeal today you ensure our boats can take to sea, our inspectors can travel to access remote fishing ports and we have the necessary recording equipment to document evidence in high quality. Helping us today helps save lives for the future. Thank you for your support!

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€12,134 raised of our €20,000 goal


Questions? We are here for you!

Do you have a question or suggestion? We are here for you. We are online and near the phones most days. You can email us at info@theblackfish.org or call us directly at +31 20 486 5209. You can also contact us on Twitter @theblackfishorg

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