The theme and the place of our calls for projects are determined by our Plan A algorithm. To learn more about the data-drive of Plan A, read our head of data’s expose here.

Over 44% of fish stocks are overexploited or collapsing in Denmark’s Exclusive Economic Zone. Fishery is the dominant factor threatening fish stocks globally. Marine ecosystems are also under pressure from unsustainable harvesting of non-food products such as seashells, sponges which are key components for ecosystem functioning. 

Deadline for submission: 31st October 2019

Industrial fishing by means of trawling is the biggest driver for the loss of fish stock in Denmark’s EEZ. Trawling is an industrial fishing method using large, unselective nets that capture too many fish and destroy ecosystems. Over 71% of fish in Denmark is caught using this method. The demand for fish (herring, mackerel, cod, lobster) in Denmark is particularly big because of its large food processing industry (over 92 companies). Denmark exports fish products (such as smoked salmon, fresh and frozen fillets) worth over  €4.1 billion. Danish per capita fish consumption is around 22.9 kg/year (2015).

51: SDG 14 score (measures the health of marine and freshwater ecosystems)

Denmark’s score of the Sustainable Development Goal #14 – Life below Water. This number measures a country’s performance on safeguarding and maintaining marine and freshwater ecosystems. 

9 years: time to stop irreversible damage

We have got only 9 years in hand to start reducing the amount of CO2 emissions released into the atmosphere if we are to stay below 1.5°C threshold. #ParisAgreement

1.7: Number of Earths needed to support our demand

It now takes the Earth one year and eight months to regenerate the resources (like marine life) we use in a year. We need to act fast! Submit a project that presents a solution to improve fish stock or marine life in Denmark

Credits: Information produced here is extracted from the data and studies developed by FAO, Eurofish GFN and MCC.