Why are we asking you to boycott swordfish at your favorite restaurants or neighborhood grocery store? Swordfish are amazing animals that use their great speed and agility in the water to catch their prey, but they’re no match for industrial fishing, and neither are the fish, whales, dolphins, and sea turtles caught alongside them. Fisheries use billions of hooks and thousands of miles of nets in the ocean to catch swordfish. In the process they scoop up endangered species like sperm whales and leatherback sea turtles. In many cases, these fisheries are killing and wasting more ocean life than humans are actually consuming! That’s why we’ve launched a campaign to Boycott Unsustainably Caught Swordfish.
Help us stop the unnecessary slaughter of swordfish and other marine species from deadly driftnets and lethal longlines by signing the pledge.
Swordfish caught with these industrial fishing methods are sold as a luxury food at hundreds of businesses. We can change the practices of consumers, restaurants and grocery stores. Help us encourage them to:
- Stop all sales/consumption of swordfish, or;
- Sell/consume only swordfish caught by fishing methods that do not threaten the ocean ecosystems and wildlife.
Get started with our Activist Toolkit to Boycott Unsustainably Caught Swordfish, where you’ll find everything you need to join the movement and become a voice for swordfish and other marine species.
- Take the pledge: I won’t eat swordfish that was caught using fishing methods that threaten our ocean ecosystems and wildlife
- Sample Letter to Send to Businesses
- Sample Script to Call Businesses
- Guide to Writing a Letter to the Editor
- Social Media Kit
- Responding to Swordfish Articles and News Outlets
- International Swordfish and Fisheries Fact Sheet
- How is Your Swordfish Caught? A Beginner’s Guide to Commercial Fishing Methods
- Still Eating Seafood? Check out Sustainability & Seafood: Your Beginner’s Guide to Seafood Dining
- Drift Gillnet Fact Sheet
- Boycott Restaurant List
- Printable Consumer Cards to Take to Businesses (Coming Soon)