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Fisheries and Food Systems: Cross pollinations and synthesis

Published byAgriculture & Food Security
Editors: Ratana Chuenpagdee, Memorial University, Canada; Philip Loring, University of Saskatchewan, Canada; Moenieba Isaacs, University of Western Cape, South Africa. 

This special issue explores the importance of small-scale fisheries to food systems and food security at local, regional, and global levels. Fisheries, whether large or small, wild or farmed, commercial, artisanal, subsistence, or otherwise, contribute in multiple important ways to the lives and livelihoods of billions of people world-wide. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), fisheries, aquaculture, and related activities provide the primary livelihoods for ten to twelve percent of the world’s population. In addition, the products of these industries account for a significant portion of the global diet, providing about 3 billion people with almost 20 percent of their intake of animal protein, and 4.3 billion people with about 15 percent. Fisheries are also important to culture and well-being in numerous coastal communities worldwide. Further, both small-scale fisheries and aquaculture have been identified as be key development venues for raising people out of poverty and food insecurity.

Papers for this series were invited through the Too Big To Ignore research network, dedicated to the elevation of the profile of small-scale fisheries. 

  1. Research

    Integrating fisheries and agricultural programs for food security

    Despite the connections between terrestrial and marine/freshwater livelihood strategies that we see in coastal regions across the world, the contribution of wild fisheries and fish farming is seldom considered...

    Brendan Fisher, Robin Naidoo, John Guernier, Kiersten Johnson, Daniel Mullins, Dorcas Robinson and Edward H. Allison

    Agriculture & Food Security 2017 6:1

    Published on: 10 January 2017

  2. Research

    The humble sardine (small pelagics): fish as food or fodder

    The group of small pelagic fish is the largest species group landed globally. A significant proportion of this nutrient-rich food is processed and lost to livestock feed, fish feed, fish oil, pet food and omeg...

    Moenieba Isaacs

    Agriculture & Food Security 2016 5:27

    Published on: 25 November 2016

  3. Research

    Urban harvests: food security and local fish and shellfish in Southcentral Alaska

    Alaska is known for its many fisheries, which support an extensive global marketplace, a thriving tourism industry, and also contribute much to diets of many Alaskans. Yet, some research has suggested that Al...

    Hannah L. Harrison and Philip A. Loring

    Agriculture & Food Security 2016 5:16

    Published on: 8 August 2016

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Agriculture & Food Security 2016 5:21