Fishing for subsistence constitutes a livelihood safety net for populations dependent on aquatic foods around the world

Virdin, John, Basurto, Xavier, Nico, Gianluigi, Harper, Sarah, del Mar Mancha-Cisneros, Maria, Vannuccini, Stefania, Ahern, Molly, Anderson, Christopher M., Funge-Smith, Simon, Gutierrez, Nicolas L., Mills, David J., and Franz, Nicole (2023) Fishing for subsistence constitutes a livelihood safety net for populations dependent on aquatic foods around the world. Nature Food, 4. pp. 874-885.

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Fishing for subsistence constitutes a livelihood safety net for poverty, malnutrition and gender inequality for populations dependent upon aquatic foods around the world. Here we provide global estimates showing that almost the same amount of small-scale fishers engage in subsistence fishing at some point during the year as in commercial employment and use subsistence estimates to measure small-scale fisheries’ livelihood safety net function. In 2016, we estimate that 52.8 million people were engaged in subsistence fishing at some point during the year, while another 60.2 million people were commercially employed (90% of global fisheries employment). From 14 country case studies, it was possible to estimate that the subsistence catch provided an average apparent intake of six nutrients critical for positive health outcomes, equivalent to 26% of the recommended daily nutrient intake for 112.5 million people, higher than the national average contribution of beef or poultry.

Item ID: 80843
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2662-1355
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Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2024 02:22
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410406 Natural resource management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 10 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 1003 Fisheries - wild caught > 100399 Fisheries - wild caught not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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