Funding FISH

Funding Fish is a funder collaborative aiming to provide a platform for funders to work together on fisheries and marine conservation issues relevant to Europe.

Funding Fish’s ambitions are to support sustainable fishing in European waters, by European vessels everywhere and maximise Europe’s influence for sustainable fisheries on fisheries issues around the world. Funding Fish see improved monitoring and control alongside sustainable fishing levels as key to improving the state of the world’s fish stocks.

Funding Fish was established shortly after the 2013 Common Fisheries Policy reform. 
The reform included new elements that, if implemented, would address over fishing and lead to sustainable fishing. 
A number of foundations recognized that the implementation would be a challenge and therefore welcomed the opportunity of working together and of pooling resources, experience and knowledge.



Oceana was established in the United States in 2001 by a group of leading foundations – The Pew Charitable Trusts, Oak Foundation, Marisla Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

In 1999, these foundations commissioned a study and discovered that less than 0.5 percent of all resources spent by environmental non-profit groups in the United States went to ocean advocacy. No organisation was working exclusively to protect and restore the oceans on a global scale. To fill the gap, our founders created Oceana: an international organisation focused solely on oceans, dedicated to achieving measurable change by conducting specific, science-based campaigns with fixed deadlines and articulated goals.

Oceana in Europe works at both the EU and Member State level to improve, enforce and fully implement ocean conservation and fisheries management laws and EU Directives. We focus primarily on the following campaigns:

  • Improve the establishment of TACs (total allowable catches) for commercial species
  • Eradicate illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing
  • Reduce effects of climate change in the oceans
  • Promote the increased protection of valuable marine habitats, through coherent networks of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)
  • Strengthen protection of threatened and sensitive habitats and species