How Much Fish Do We Eat? Study Uncovers Global Footprint Of Seafood Consumption

How much seafood does the world eat? And what kind of impact does this have on our ocean?

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission have examined the impact of seafood supply chains across national boundaries—the global seafood consumption footprint.

The scientists from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) have examined the impact of seafood supply chains across national boundaries—the global seafood consumption footprint.

  • Global seafood consumption has more than doubled in the past 50 years, putting stress on the sustainability of fishing
  • Net importing nations must consider the sustainability of their trading partners’ fishing practices, not just their domestic ones
  • New analysis on international supply chains makes the case for international collaboration on long-term sustainability of all seafood production

Taking into consideration both food that humans consume and seafood processed for feed production, seafood consumption in EU member states equals 27 kg per head.

The highest consumption at EU level is observed in Portugal (61.5 kg per head) while outside the EU, the top consumers are Korea (78.5 kg per head) followed by Norway (66.6 kg per head).

The global per head consumption is estimated at 22.3 kg.

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