Seafood and consumer awareness

Invisibilities between consumers and ecosystems

Global seafood trade leave consumers unaware of over-exploited marine ecosystems

A disturbing flaw of today’s globalised seafood trade is that consumers often remain blissfully ignorant of increasing strains on marine ecosystems and fish species. This is because global trade guarantees consistent availability of fish at affordable prices by sourcing from suppliers around the world, despite fish species being on the brink of extintion.

This means consumers remain unaffected by changes in any one ecosystem.

In an article recently published in Fish and Fisheries, several Centre researchers including Beatrice Crona and Tim Daw have examined the lack of price signals from local fisheries to consumers. This lack of feedback represents a challenge for sustainable fisheries governance.

In this video, Centre researcher Tim Daw explains these invisibilities and presents three suggested strategies to address this missing feedback.

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Crona, B.I., Daw, T.M., Swartz, W., Norström, A.V., Nyström, M., Thyresson, M., Folke, C., Hentati-Sundberg, J., Österblom, H., Deutsch, L., et al. 2015. Masked, diluted and drowned out: how global seafood trade weakens signals from marine ecosystems. Fish and Fisheries


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