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Fisheries, food, and health in the USA: the importance of aligning fisheries and health policies

January 18, 2017
Agriculture and Food Security

David C. Love, Patricia Pinto da Silva, Julia Olson, Jillian P. Fry, and Patricia M. Clay

Food availability, access, and utilization are the three pillars of food security and need to be aligned in order to support a healthy population. United States (US) fisheries policy plays an important role in seafood availability. US health policy impacts access and utilization of seafood in various ways; however, health policies are often disconnected from fisheries policy. Aligning fisheries and health policies is imperative to improve food security. We address two questions with our work: (1) how would US federal fisheries policy be different if our fisheries were managed with beneficial health outcomes for Americans as clear objectives; and (2) how would US health policy be different if one of its goals was to support sustainable domestic fisheries and aquaculture?