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The Blue Food Assessment

Blue foods* and the waters in which they grow will have an essential role to play in the shift towards healthy, equitable and sustainable food systems.

*Blue food: food derived from aquatic animals, plants or algae that are caught or cultivated in freshwater and marine environments.

Why is
it important?

2,500

species or species groups of fish, invertebrates, algae and aquatic plants are caught or cultivated for food.

2/3

of blue food consumed by people is produced by small-scale fisheries and aquaculture.

3 billion

people get vital nutrients and 20% of their animal protein from blue food.

800 million

people depend on blue food systems for their livelihoods.

Nearly 1/2

of the blue food workforce are women.