Saskatoon – The world will consume twice as many seafood by 2050, according to new research.

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But despite increased demand for aquatic animals such as fish, mollusks, or crabs (known as all blue foods), a strong turn to sustainable fishing may help reduce malnutrition and the environmental footprint of humanity as a whole. Can do.

Founding Director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment at Stanford University, Prof. “Few, if any, countries are developing their blue food zones to provide ecological, economic and health benefits to their full potential,” Rosamund Naylor said recently. Press release.

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as part of a series of new research Adding to its centre, the Blue Food Assessment (BFA) released five new peer-reviewed papers last month that estimated more sustainable fishing and moving away from traditional capture fishing could boost people’s livelihoods. and nutrient deficiencies can have a “profound” impact, particularly among low-income populations.

Blue food species such as trout, carps, oysters and mussels, for example, are richer in important nutrients than other food sources such as chicken.

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Naylor, co-chair of the BFA, said, “The purpose of this assessment is to provide decision makers with a scientific basis for evaluating trade-offs and implementing solutions that make blue foods an important part of a better food system from local to global.” Will make a part.” A global joint initiative of over 100 scientists from 25 institutions, including the Stockholm Resilience Center and the Center for Ocean Solutions at Stockholm University.

Sustainable fishing may also be a shot in the arm to help tackle climate change.

“On average, major species produced in aquaculture, such as tilapia, salmon, catfish and carp, were found to have environmental footprints compared to chicken, the terrestrial meat with the lowest impact,” the BFA said.

But for people to see the benefits, green policies and investments must be implemented now and made in the years to come.

The BFA said, “Blue food systems most at risk from climate change are also typically located in areas where people rely on them the most and where they are less able to respond and adapt to climate threats. less equipped.”

Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions co-director Prof. “We are nine fishing seasons away from the deadline to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, so the urgency is high,” Jim Leap said, referencing the set of goals set. United Nations General Assembly in 2016 as a means to build a sustainable future for all.

“This research could help policymakers, companies, financiers, fishermen and consumers capitalize on the immense potential of blue foods to help achieve those goals.”

Proper Labeling, Sustainable Fishing Important: Non-Profits

But advocates say what needs to be done today is to ensure that seafood is caught with minimal impact on natural stocks and ecosystems.

Marine Management Council (MSc) – one of the largest global non-profit fisheries certification programs – Recent research by BFA said This is something that should prompt further action from fishing companies, consumers and governments.

“The pressure in the oceans is going to increase…

His group encourages people to buy seafood with MSC’s Blue Fish logo because it means the nonprofit has verified that the food was caught using methods that don’t deplete the natural supply; is not mislabeled; And that the fishing companies did not cause serious harm to other life in the ocean, including dolphins, turtles or coral.

“It’s a really simple act that anyone can do to protect our oceans, really benefit our oceans, and ensure that fish stocks are preserved for future generations, ‘ said Hayne.

Although it should be noted that the MSc has suffered criticism and questions Recently with some organizations on the label from the experts of the oceans; express concern MSC’s certification process does not properly account for bycatch – animals such as sharks and cheetahs that were not placed in fishing nets.

Meanwhile, when it comes to government oversight on sustainable fishing practices in Canada, conservation groups in the past have criticized the fact that although the United States and the European Union have traceability systems in place for their seafood, Canada does not require that seafood be included in the information. its state of origin, validity, or stability.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has said that fish are considered an at-risk food group because of how valuable some species of fish can be, their own study from March found that 92 percent of all fish were labeled with “satisfactorily appropriate generic names.”