Coral reefs: our underwater food factory

World Ocean Initiative, The Economist Group Fisheries & Aquaculture

Coral reefs: our underwater food factory
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The role of coral reefs and sustainable aquatic foods in addressing human and planetary health has become increasingly important.

“Aquatic foods” are fish and other food from the ocean and inland waters. From the coveted bluefin tuna to the more accessible edible algae such as sea grapes, aquatic foods contribute to nutritional security, are a source of micronutrients, and can be a shelf-stable, fresh, or frozen source of protein.

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