Harnessing global fisheries to tackle micronutrient deficiencies

Micronutrient deficiencies account for an estimated one million
premature deaths annually, and for some nations can reduce gross
domestic product1,2 by up to 11%, highlighting the need for food
policies that focus on improving nutrition rather than simply
increasing the volume of food produced3. People gain nutrients from
a varied diet, although fish—which are a rich source of bioavailable
micronutrients that are essential to human health4—are often
overlooked. A lack of understanding of the nutrient composition
of most fish5 and how nutrient yields vary among fisheries has
hindered the policy shifts that are needed to effectively harness the
potential of fisheries for food and nutrition security6.

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