Redefining Progress has developed a new way to measure the foot print of fisheries, or “fishprint,” component of the Ecological Footprint so that it better reflects the reality of over fishing. Because fishing on the high seas is an increasingly important component of the global catch, our new method includes the entire ocean in biocapacity.
The Ecological Fishprint changes the basis for calculating the fishprint from tonnes to tonnes of primary productivity required. It modifies the basic Footprint analysis equations to include an ecological sustained yield threshold, and it modifies biocapacity to account for marine protected areas.
This new approach suggests that humanity’s Fishprint exceeded the Earth’s marine biocapacity beginning in 1970. By 2003, Redefining Progress found a global overshoot of 157%.
For a quick calculation of your country’s Fishprint, visit the Sea Around Us Project.
Municipal, Regional, and Business Footprint
Redefining Progress conducts Footprint Analysis for governments,
community organizations, and businesses seeking a tool to
measure the success of their sustainability initiatives. Visit
Analysis for more information.
Ecological Footprint Education
The Ecological Footprint is a fun, easy-to-grasp concept
to use for teaching about the environment, science, math,
and social studies. Redefining Progress has created materials
for teachers interested in using the Footprint in their classrooms.
Learn more at Footprint
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