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Aquatic Food Security – Filling The Gap

Food security is a complex issue, one in which the role of the aquatic food supply chain is poorly defined. While there are a number of good scientific papers available covering aspects of food security, a single book exploring the issues from production to consumption does not exist.

Filling the gap, Aquatic Food Security explores these issues using global examples to illustrate both strengths and weaknesses within the existing aquatic food supply chain. It covers topics such as the role of intensification in global aquaculture production, the importance of nutrition and selective breeding, diseases and public health considerations, the role of markets and of processing and retail sectors and quality issues in our global seafood.

This is already an area of vital importance and it will increase in importance as the aquaculture industry grows for the foreseeable future. It is in fact the fastest growing food production sector globally and has started to surpass some sectors of terrestrial animal farming.

The Editors, Dr Margaret Crumlish and Professor Rachel Norman, are qualified experts teaching Food Security and Sustainability at the Institute of Aquaculture of the University of Stirling. For this publication, they brought together an international team of authors with diverse expertise in various areas of aquaculture and food security.

Professor Norman adds ‘This book explores the contribution of seafood to global food security. Our approach is inclusive of all seafood: capture fisheries and farmed food. Numerous factors influence aquatic food consumption and production, including product availability, political stability, economic viability and growth, not to mention the cultural and ethical beliefs from of consumers. However, the primary driver that inspired this book was the rapid expansion of the global seafood sector and the scientific and commercial development supporting aquatic food security as we currently understand it and we therefore explore different aspects of this in a global context.’

Aquatic Food Security will be of interested to academics and students, globally, interested in food security, capture fisheries or aquaculture. The book would support any course on aquaculture, sustainable seafood production or, to a lesser extent, food security. Those working commercially in aquaculture and for NGOs interested in food security and food production will also find much of use.

The authors are globally distributed, and all chapters take a global view. There is some focus on Asia since that is where most aquaculture takes place.



Aquatic Food Security was released on the 4th of March and is available on Amazon and on at the links below.

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Bibliographic details: Hardback | 9781789181326 | 246 x 189 mm | £150.00 | $235.00 | 280 pp | Aquaculture


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