Assessing the Contribution of Landings from Locally Based Commercial Tuna Fishing Vessels to Food Security

Commercial Tuna FishingFrancisco Blaha
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Assessing the Contribution of Landings from Locally Based Commercial Tuna Fishing Vessels to Food Security

Fish is vital to the food security of Pacific Island Countries (PICs), where it has traditionally formed a cornerstone of a healthy and balanced diet. More recently the consumption of processed imported foods has increased in the region, while the consumption of locally produced plants and animals, including fresh fish, has decreased.(1)  This is contributing to the health crisis of noncommunicable diseases prevalent in many countries. Hence, there is an urgent need to increase the contribution from the region’s abundant offshore tuna fisheries (including tuna and tuna-like species as well as bycatch) to food security.

1. Charlton, KE, et al. (2016) Fish, food security and health in Pacific Island countries and territories: a systematic literature review. BMC Public Health. 2016; 16: 285

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