The hidden benefits of fisheries and aquaculture

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Fishing boat in Timor Leste

It’s easy to forget just how environmentally friendly wild capture fisheries are as a means for providing food. Jessica Gephart and her colleagues remind us.

At WorldFish, we spend a lot of time thinking about how improving fisheries and aquaculture can reduce poverty and hunger. We focus our research on how fishing and aquaculture can increase incomes and improve rural economies and how we can increase the affordability and availability of fish to improve health and nutrition among vulnerable populations. Less often do we think about how fishing and aquaculture can save scarce resources.

How do we run the world better?

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Fish farmers in rural Bangladesh bring in the harvest. Photo by Felix Clay

The Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations has just released a fascinating report entitled “Now for the Long Term”. The report asks: how we can avoid future crises and overcome our inability to address big challenges that will shape our world?

The women of Bangladesh are using their heads

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Women dry small fish in Bangladesh. Photo by Finn Thilsted, 2012.

Visiting the field to see the work of WorldFish and its partners is one of the great privileges of my job. The chance to talk with farmers and learn how they are using the training and technologies we and our partners provide never fails to energise me. It invariably also provides a few surprises: on my recent trip to Bangladesh I was amazed to learn how profound a difference incredibly simple changes can make.