The World Economic Forum and the Friends of Ocean Action will be hosting the Virtual Ocean Dialogues on an exciting 5-day series from 1-5 June 2020. For WorldFish and FISH CRP, please anticipate our Research Program Leader for Value Chains and Nutrition, Shakuntala Thilsted, who will be lending her expertise in nutrition-sensitive fish agri-food systems on 3 June 2020 at 11 PM (UTC+8). So, check your local times here and register here to join the Virtual Ocean Dialogues.
Currently, around a billion people rely on fish as their main source of animal proteins while many others also gain nutritional benefit from fish and other aquatic foods such as seaweed, algae and shellfish. Meanwhile, approximately 10-12% of the world’s population rely on fish for their livelihoods, including fishers and aquaculture workers and their dependents. Yet all of this is under considerable threat with widespread overfishing, fish stocks at critical levels and the uncertain impacts of climate change. As demand grows, an even greater strain will be placed on ocean food systems.
On top of this, much progress is still to be made to address socio-economic challenges within aquatic food value chains, the impacts of which are often felt most by poor and vulnerable communities. The good news is that a healthy and regenerative Ocean, relying on carefully managed fishing and sustainable aquaculture, could have the potential to produce six times more food than it does today while, at the same time, creating sustainable economic growth and jobs.
Let’s connect with communities across the world that are seeking innovation and taking bold action for a healthy, resilient, and thriving ocean.
This Dialogue is part of the Virtual Ocean Dialogues programme, convened by the World Economic Forum’s Friends of Ocean Action.