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Three quarters of the global marine fish stock are deemed fully exploited oroverfished. Declining or collapsing fish stocks imply not just the loss of economic benefits but also the loss of liveliho ...

Three quarters of the global marine fish stock are deemed fully exploited oroverfished. Declining or collapsing fish stocks imply not just the loss of economic benefits but also the loss of livelihood for many people in developing countries. The global challenge is to come up with management approaches to sustain global fish stocks in the future without withdrawing the basic food for developing countries in the present.

Divert reduction fisheries toward human consumption.

Nearly a third of global catches are not used for human consumption, but rather reduced to fishmeal for animal feed, with typically poor protein-protein conservation ratios. Reduction fisheries include many species that can be consumed directly by humans, such as sardines, anchovies, sprats, and mackerels, and which are a traditional protein source for poor people in developing countries. Other species, such as sand eel, can also be processed into healthy products for direct consumption, such as the crabmeat surrogate surimi.

Although it may not be easy technically and economically, our longer-term goal should be for global fisheries to increase their role as a source of high quality lowcost protein by diverting reduction fisheries to human consumption.

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