MORE SEAFOOD THE ANSWER TO FUTURE FOOD SECURITY
More seafood the answer to future food security. Managed responsibly, the oceans can provide over six times more food than it does today, a new report shows.
The report was presented at a UN conference about sustainable fisheries in Rome today and is the first in a series of 16 blue papers from the High Level Panel for a sustainable ocean economy.
The main conclusion from the report is that if wild fisheries and aquaculture is managed in a sustainable way, the oceans could provide over six times more food than it does today. This represents more than two thirds of the world’s future protein needs, and with a much lower carbon footprint than many other foods. Sustainable marine aquaculture – or mariculture – is highlighted as the area with the most potential for growth.
“This is yet another report where seafood is hailed as the answer to both environmental and public health challenges, and presents huge potential for a sustainable and transparent seafood industry”, says Renate Larsen, CEO of the Norwegian Seafood Council.
Other reports pointing to seafood as part of the answer:
• An edible solution to the climate crisis
• 2019 Coller FAIRR report ranks Norwegian salmon most sustainable among world’s largest protein producers
• Ocean farming can help preserve global ecosystems
An edible solution to the climate crisis
“In a world where consumers are more and more concerned about environmental issues and the vegetarian wave is gathering pace, we all have a responsibility to speak up for seafood as part of the solution,” says Larsen.
The growing body of scientific evidence highlighting the need to produce more food from the oceans, to address the climate crisis and future food security, resonates well with consumer trends.
“Food safety and sustainability are growing concerns for seafood consumers. People increasingly want to know where their food comes from and that it is produced in the most sustainable manner possible. We are moving away from responsible and transparent production being a nice to have, and into a world where it is a necessity to be able to prove it and speak up about it,” says Larsen.
Only half of the respondents in the 2019 NSC Seafood Consumer Index reported eating recommended amounts of seafood. The study is the world’s largest seafood consumer study, mapping preferences and trends among more than 25,000 respondents across up to 25 markets annually.
“Our studies show that only half of us eat recommended amounts of seafood and consumption is declining in many developed markets. That is worrying, and needs to be addressed by health authorities, retail and seafood producers. Not only for our own health, but also for the planet,” says Larsen.
A global leader in sustainable seafood production
Norway is the world’s second largest exporter of seafood, providing 37 million daily meals of seafood to 146 countries across the globe. Responsible management of our precious resources is at the very core of the Norwegian seafood industry.
“The Norwegian model of seafood production is often acknowledged as best practice, and we are renowned across the world for the sustainable management of wild fisheries and responsible aquaculture production. By choosing seafood from Norway consumers can be assured they are eating some of the most sustainable and highest quality seafood there is,” says Larsen.