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Abstract Submission Deadline 28 February 2023
Manuscript Submission Deadline 30 June 2023

Our oceans and inland water bodies are a vital source of nutritious food worldwide. Aquatic foods include a diverse group of animals, plants, and microorganisms, each with unique qualities and nutrients. Their role in nutrition is pivotal - as a source of protein and a unique provider of omega-3 fatty acids and bioavailable micronutrients. For many poor, rural and urban populations, fish – particularly small fish – may be the most accessible, affordable or preferred animal-source food, representing a solution to address the “triple burden of malnutrition”: micronutrient deficiencies, undernutrition, and overweight and obesity, especially in low-income countries and vulnerable communities. Moreover, consuming aquatic foods presents an opportunity for greater sustainability, as the production of many aquatic animal-source foods has a lower environmental impact than the production of most terrestrial animal-source foods. A transition to sustainable healthy diets is likely to be more achievable, for more people globally, if it includes an array of aquatic foods.
This will require coherent land, water and food system policies and strong and inclusive institutional and legal frameworks.

This Reviews collection around the role of aquatic foods in healthy diets and sustainable diets transition will publish high-quality scholarly review papers on this key topic, one of the most important challenges nowadays. It aims to highlight recent advances in the field, including methods to harvest aquatic food in sustainable way, new aquatic food resources, and policy to make it more accessible. Furthermore, this collection aims at emphasizing important directions and new possibilities for future inquiries. We anticipate that the research presented will promote discussion in the role of aquatic food in healthy and sustainable diets in the scientific community that will translate to best practice applications in nutritional, public health, and aquaculture, fisheries and ‘blue economy’ policy settings.

The Reviews in the role of aquatic food in sustainable and healthy diets collection welcomes full-length, mini or systematic review papers. New articles will be added to this collection as they are published.

Keywords: Diets, Variety, healthy food, sustainable aquaculture, seaweed, seafood, human nutrition


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Our oceans and inland water bodies are a vital source of nutritious food worldwide. Aquatic foods include a diverse group of animals, plants, and microorganisms, each with unique qualities and nutrients. Their role in nutrition is pivotal - as a source of protein and a unique provider of omega-3 fatty acids and bioavailable micronutrients. For many poor, rural and urban populations, fish – particularly small fish – may be the most accessible, affordable or preferred animal-source food, representing a solution to address the “triple burden of malnutrition”: micronutrient deficiencies, undernutrition, and overweight and obesity, especially in low-income countries and vulnerable communities. Moreover, consuming aquatic foods presents an opportunity for greater sustainability, as the production of many aquatic animal-source foods has a lower environmental impact than the production of most terrestrial animal-source foods. A transition to sustainable healthy diets is likely to be more achievable, for more people globally, if it includes an array of aquatic foods.
This will require coherent land, water and food system policies and strong and inclusive institutional and legal frameworks.

This Reviews collection around the role of aquatic foods in healthy diets and sustainable diets transition will publish high-quality scholarly review papers on this key topic, one of the most important challenges nowadays. It aims to highlight recent advances in the field, including methods to harvest aquatic food in sustainable way, new aquatic food resources, and policy to make it more accessible. Furthermore, this collection aims at emphasizing important directions and new possibilities for future inquiries. We anticipate that the research presented will promote discussion in the role of aquatic food in healthy and sustainable diets in the scientific community that will translate to best practice applications in nutritional, public health, and aquaculture, fisheries and ‘blue economy’ policy settings.

The Reviews in the role of aquatic food in sustainable and healthy diets collection welcomes full-length, mini or systematic review papers. New articles will be added to this collection as they are published.

Keywords: Diets, Variety, healthy food, sustainable aquaculture, seaweed, seafood, human nutrition


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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