The Future of Food from the Sea

Christopher Costello, Ling Cao and Stefan Gelcich, High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy Fisheries & Aquaculture

The Future of Food from the Sea
High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy

Established in September 2018, the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (HLP) is a unique initiative of 14 serving heads of government committed to catalysing bold, pragmatic solutions for ocean health and wealth that support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and build a better future for people and the planet. By working with governments, experts and stakeholders from around the world, the High Level Panel aims to develop a roadmap for rapidly transitioning to a sustainable ocean economy, and to trigger, amplify and accelerate responsive action worldwide.

The Panel consists of the presidents or prime ministers of Australia, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Namibia, Norway, Palau and Portugal, and is supported by an Expert Group, Advisory Network and Secretariat that assist with analytical work, communications and stakeholder engagement. The Secretariat is based at World Resources Institute.

The High Level Panel has commissioned a series of ‘Blue Papers’ to explore pressing challenges at the nexus of the ocean and the economy. These Blue Papers summarise the latest science, and state-of-the-art thinking about innovative ocean solutions in technology, policy, governance and finance realms that can help to accelerate a move into a more sustainable and prosperous relationship with the ocean. This paper is part of a series of 16 papers to be published between November 2019 and June 2020. It considers the status and future trends of food production through capture fisheries and mariculture at regional and global scales; the opportunities of ocean-based food in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2 (Zero Hunger); and identifies opportunities for action to transition to more sustainable and abundant food production from the ocean. While the HLP supports the general thrust of the findings and opportunities for action, members have not been asked to formally endorse the Blue Papers, and should not be taken as having done so. 

Read the full Blue Paper here.

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