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Sustainability and Global Seafood

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Science  12 Feb 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5967, pp. 784-786
DOI: 10.1126/science.1185345

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Although seafood is the most highly traded food internationally, it is an often overlooked component of global food security. It provides essential local food, livelihoods, and export earnings. Although global capture fisheries production is unlikely to increase, aquaculture is growing considerably. Sustaining seafood's contributions to food security hinges on the ability of institutions, particularly in developing countries, to protect and improve ecosystem health in the face of increasing pressures from international trade.