Article

Farming fish in the sea will not nourish the world

Citation

Belton B, Little DC, Zhang W, Edwards P, Skladany M & Thilsted SH (2020) Farming fish in the sea will not nourish the world. Nature Communications, 11, Art. No.: 5804. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-19679-9

Abstract
Recent literature on marine fish farming brands it as potentially compatible with sustainable resource use, conservation, and human nutrition goals, and aligns with the emerging policy discourse of ‘blue growth’. We advance a two-pronged critique. First, contemporary narratives tend to overstate marine finfish aquaculture’s potential to deliver food security and environmental sustainability. Second, they often align with efforts to enclose maritime space that could facilitate its allocation to extractive industries and conservation interests and exclude fishers. Policies and investments that seek to increase the availability and accessibility of affordable and sustainable farmed aquatic foods should focus on freshwater aquaculture.

Keywords
Conservation biology; Interdisciplinary studies; Marine biology

Journal
Nature Communications: Volume 11

StatusPublished
FundersCGIAR
Publication date31/12/2020
Publication date online16/11/2020
Date accepted by journal14/10/2020
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/32052
eISSN2041-1723