In Submon we have been involved for some time with the exciting subject of the relationship between Oceans & Human Health. Today we share a multidisciplinary research in marine science, specifically in fisheries management, that wants to contribute to improving human health.
This study, carried out by Lancaster’s University (UK), proposes a new perspective for the management of fisheries, not from an economic or conservation point of view, but with the aim to improve the nutrition in less developed coastal countries.
Fish is rich in proteins and omega-3 fatty acids, but it is also rich in many micronutrients, such as zinc, iron or calcium. Over 2 billion people worldwide suffer from micronutrient deficiency, which is related to maternal mortality and growth problems. However, along the shores of many coastal countries with this serious problem, enough fish is captured to completely eliminate this problem. This fish is sent to “first-world” countries, where it is sold for more money, to feed us and our domestic animals. If it reached the local population instead of being exported for economic reasons, a great part of the malnutrition in developing coastal countries could effectively be fought.
One more reason to consume only responsibly captured fish, always from the area, and if possible from artisanal fisheries. In SUBMON for several years we have supported this type of fisheries in Catalonia through the project “Peix de Custòdia”. You can find here a list of fish markets and restaurants that are part of this initiative.