Fisheries Management, Marine Conservation Policies Should Focus More On Human Health Outcomes

Nature: Nutrition: Fall in fish catch threatens human health
Christopher D. Golden, research scientist in the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and associate director of the Planetary Health Alliance at the Harvard University Center for the Environment; and colleagues

“…Combining data on dietary nutrition, and fish catch, we predict that more than 10 percent of the global population could face micronutrient and fatty-acid deficiencies driven by fish declines over the coming decades … This … underlines the need for nutrition-sensitive fisheries policies. … Mitigating losses of biodiversity and income have been at the heart of fisheries-management policies. In our view, there should be a much stronger emphasis on human health. … These policy changes are possible. We believe that improvements in fisheries management and marine conservation can serve as nutritional delivery mechanisms. … Without [management reforms to global fisheries], the health of the poor is at risk” (6/15).