Seafood in Food Security: A Call for Bridging the Terrestrial-Aquatic Divide


Stetkiewicz S, Norman RA, Allison EH, Coffee P, Crumlish M, Eltholth M, Falconer L, Kaminski AM, Leschen W, McAdam B, Newton R, Pounds A, Schapper A, Young JA & Little DC (2022) Seafood in Food Security: A Call for Bridging the Terrestrial-Aquatic Divide. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 5, Art. No.: 703152.

The contribution of seafood to global food security is being increasingly highlighted in policy. However, the extent to which such claims are supported in the current food security literature is unclear. This review assesses the extent to which seafood is represented in the recent food security literature, both individually and from a food systems perspective, in combination with terrestrially-based production systems. The results demonstrate that seafood remains under-researched compared to the role of terrestrial animal and plant production in food security. Furthermore, seafood and terrestrial production remain siloed, with very few papers addressing the combined contribution or relations between terrestrial and aquatic systems. We conclude that far more attention is needed to the specific and relative role of seafood in global food security and call for the integration of seafood in a wider interdisciplinary approach to global food system research.

Food security; Seafood; Food system; Food and nutrition security; Interdisciplinary

Additional co-authors: Neil L. Andrew, Gulshan Ara, Gill Banner-Stevens, Ben Belton, Malcolm Beveridge, Jessica R. Bogard, Simon R. Bush, Peter Edwards, Joao G. Ferreira, Angus Garrett, Iain Gatward, Faruk U. Islam, Marian Kjellevold, Froukje Kruijssen, Abullah-Al Mamun, Birgitte Krogh-Poulsen, Belinda Richardson, Nanna Roos, Elin Röös, Tori Spence-McConnell, Sharon K. Suri, Shauntala H. Thilsted, Kim D. Thompson, Michael F. Tlusty, Max F. Troell, Raffaele Vignola, Wenbo Zhang

Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems: Volume 5

FundersBBSRC Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Publication date31/12/2022
Publication date online31/01/2022
Date accepted by journal25/11/2021