12 Fisheries Agencies around the World

Government fishery agencies around the world are charged with the stewardship and management of their nation’s marine resources and habitats. These bodies are all that really stand between an economic rapaciousness, which would invariably deplete fish stocks and destroy fisheries within the territorial waters of that country, and the precarious balance that we have now. Unfortunately the international agencies responsible for international waters are pretty much toothless tigers that can’t swim; to chop up a metaphor like a sushi salad. Here are 12 fishery agencies around the world:

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is the United States federal agency responsible for the living marine resources and their habitats. Better known as NOAA Fisheries, because it is a division of the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration, this government body makes sure that fishery regulations are complied with and monitors fish stocks.


In the United Kingdom, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), under the auspices of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, looks after fisheries, biodiversity and the aquatic environment.


In Canberra, Australia, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) manages marine resources on behalf of its citizens. It looks after commercial fisheries, monitoring fish stocks and their habitats.


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Department states that their mission is to “strengthen global governance and the managerial and technical capacities of members” in regard to the utilisation and conservation of aquatic resources.


In Europe, the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries agency looks after the maritime economy and sustainable fisheries.


In Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is the responsible body for maritime resources and sustainable fisheries.


In India, one of the world’s most populous nations, the Department of Animal Husbandry Dairying and Fisheries controls the fishing industry.


In Japan, the marine resources are under the direction of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.


The Russian government has a Federal Agency for Fishery which manages this industry.


Iceland has a number of government bodies involved in the vitally important fishing industry, one of them is the Directorate of Fisheries, which monitors fisheries.


In Norway, the Directorate of Fisheries is responsible for the management of fish stocks and habitats.


In New Zealand, the Ministry for Primary Industries is responsible for that country’s fisheries.


These are 12 fishery agencies around the world that are responsible for managing sustainable fishing industries in their nations or member states.