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This seminar is the annual Buckland Lecture, hosted by Cefas

Speaker: Baukje de Roos, Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen

The popularity of fish as food can be traced back in part to Francis Buckland, who, two centuries ago, started to advocate the consumption of fish, believing it was an important source of nutrition for people may not be able to afford other types of meat such as beef, pork and lamb. At that time, fish were abundant in our rivers and oceans.

Today, fish remains an important part of many diets around the world, especially for those living near the coast or in fishing communities. Fish is one of the few foods for which we have a dietary recommendation, aiming to enhance consumption, as fish intake reduces our risk for coronary heart disease and stroke. But the way we view and assess the nutritional impact and availability of fish has changed since the time of Buckland, due to the fact that local fish supply is now mostly dependent on global trade.

Our research aims to understand how our consumption of seafood relates to food supply chains – what is being produced, what is imported and exported, and how does this relates to what we eat and what we should be eating for optimal health. This knowledge will help to reconsider national food supply chains, but also ensure that current national dietary guidelines take into account consumer health outcomes, as well as food supplies and the sustainability of food production systems.

Initial analysis of our UK seafood supply chains, linking production (both capture and aquaculture), trade, purchase and consumption data, show that the UK is a net-importer of seafood – we export most of what we produce and import the majority of the fish that are processed or consumed. We also see that UK dietary recommendations for fish consumption are not satisfied by UK seafood supplies.

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