The past and future of fish consumption: can supplies meet healthy eating recommendations?

Thurstan, Ruth H. and Roberts, Callum M. 2014, The past and future of fish consumption: can supplies meet healthy eating recommendations?, Marine pollution bulletin, vol. 89, no. 1-2, pp. 5-11, doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2014.09.016.

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Title The past and future of fish consumption: can supplies meet healthy eating recommendations?
Author(s) Thurstan, Ruth H.ORCID iD for Thurstan, Ruth H.
Roberts, Callum M.
Journal name Marine pollution bulletin
Volume number 89
Issue number 1-2
Start page 5
End page 11
Total pages 7
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2014-12-15
ISSN 1879-3363
Keyword(s) aquaculture
healthy eating
historical ecology
UK fisheries
Summary In many developed countries fish and shellfish are increasingly promoted as healthy alternatives to other animal protein. We analysed how much fish was available to UK and global populations after accounting for processing losses, and compared this to recommended levels of fish consumption. In 2012, UK domestic fish landings per capita fell 81% below the recommended intake, although declines were masked by increased imports and aquaculture from the 1970s onwards. Global wild fish supply per capita declined by 32% from its peak in 1970. However, overall fish supplies per capita increased by 10% over the same period due to rapidly expanding aquaculture production. Whilst aquaculture has so far prevented a downturn in global fish supplies, many developed nations continue to aspire to consume more fish than they produce. Until demand is balanced with sustainable methods of production governments should consider carefully the social and environmental implications of greater fish consumption.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2014.09.016
Field of Research 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology)
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, Elsevier
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