January 19, 2021

Policies that Treat 'Fish as Food' Could Help Solve World Hunger, Scientists Say

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Policies that Treat 'Fish as Food' Could Help Solve World Hunger, Scientists Say

DURHAM, N.C. – Policies that more strongly recognize the value of sustainable seafood as a source of nutrition, not just a source of livelihoods, could strengthen global food security and help take a big bite out of world hunger, a new analysis by an international team of experts shows.

Scientists, economists and policy experts from Michigan State, Duke and Harvard universities, the World Bank and Environmental Defense Fund, among others, contributed to the analysis.

They published their peer-reviewed paper Jan. 15 in the journal Ambio.

"Fish have been an important source of food for humans for millennia, but seafood production and fisheries management are inexplicably still not viewed as key parts of global policies to fight hunger and promote food security. This needs to change, especially as food systems worldwide face increasing threats from climate change and the global development community falls further behind in meeting its goals for alleviating malnutrition,” said John Virdin, director of the Oceans and Coastal Policy Program at Duke’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.