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, 89 1-2: 5-11. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2014.09.016


Author Thurstan, Ruth H.
Roberts, Callum M.
Title The past and future of fish consumption: Can supplies meet healthy eating recommendations?
Journal name Marine Pollution Bulletin   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-326X
1879-3363
Publication date 2014-12-15
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2014.09.016
Volume 89
Issue 1-2
Start page 5
End page 11
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
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.
Keyword Aquaculture
Healthy eating
Historical ecology
Omega 3
Sustainability
UK fisheries
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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