The Atlantic Ocean is the world’s second largest body of water, covering approximately 22 percent of the earth’s surface.  The Atlantic supports millions of jobs, from fishing and tourism to shipping and energy production.  But the ocean is in trouble.  Overfishing in the Atlantic continues to threaten important species, from small fish such as herring and menhaden—often called forage fish—that are critical to a healthy ocean ecosystem, to larger ones, including bluefin tuna and sharks.      

By the numbers

  • 41 million size of Atlantic Ocean in square miles

  • 39% share of assessed Atlantic fish stocks that are overfished

  • 64decline in bluefin tuna in the western Atlantic from already depleted 1970 level

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