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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: More Than Fish - Framing Aquatic Animals within Sustainable Food Systems
Author(s): Pounds, Alexandra
Kaminski, Alexander M
Budhathoki, Mausam
Gudbrandsen, Oddrun
Kok, Björn
Horn, Stephanie
Malcorps, Wesley
Mamun, Abdullah-Al
McGoohan, Amy
Newton, Richard
Ozretich, Reed
Little, David C
Keywords: aquaculture
human nutrition
planetary boundaries
Issue Date: May-2022
Date Deposited: 13-May-2022
Citation: Pounds A, Kaminski AM, Budhathoki M, Gudbrandsen O, Kok B, Horn S, Malcorps W, Mamun A, McGoohan A, Newton R, Ozretich R & Little DC (2022) More Than Fish - Framing Aquatic Animals within Sustainable Food Systems. Foods, 11 (10), Art. No.: 1413.
Abstract: Aquatic animals are diverse in terms of species, but also in terms of production systems, the people involved, and the benefits achieved. In this concept piece, we draw on literature to outline how the diversity of aquatic animals, their production, and their consumption all influence their impact within the food system. Built on evidence from an array of reductionist and non-reductionist literature, we suggest that food systems researchers and policymakers adapt current methods and theoretical frameworks to appropriately contextualise aquatic animals in broader food systems. We do this through combining current understandings of food systems theory, value chain, livelihoods, nutritional outcomes, and planetary boundaries thinking. We make several claims around understanding the role of aquatic animals in terms of nutritional output and environmental impacts. We suggest a need to consider: (1) the diversity of species and production methods; (2) variable definitions of an “edible yield”; (3) circular economy principles and the impacts of co-products, and effects beyond nutrient provision; (4) role of aquatic animals in the overall diet; (5) contextual effects of preservation, preparation, cooking, and consumer choices; (6) globalised nature of aquatic animal trade across the value chain; and (7) that aquatic animals are produced from a continuum, rather than a dichotomy, of aquaculture or fisheries. We conclude by proposing a new framework that involves cohesive interdisciplinary discussions around aquatic animal foods and their role in the broader food system.
DOI Link: 10.3390/foods11101413
Rights: © 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
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