8. Eating fish is good for us

Fish products provide humans with healthy and essential nutrients. Fish also contribute to people’s welfare, especially in developing countries, by offering jobs, income and food.

Fish is rich in nutrients, vitamins, minerals, proteins and omega 3 fatty acids, essential for the human body. 

In medicine, fish products, like fish oil, have been used in some treatments of cardiovascular problems, thrombosis, and inflammatory diseases.

Worldwide, fish products provide a significant proportion of ingested protein: 25% in developing countries and 10% in Europe and North America.

For many people living in coastal zones or small island states, frequently more than 50 % of the animal protein consumed comes from fish. Large coastal or island states, such as Indonesia, Japan or coastal states in West Africa, also have a high level of reliance on seafood. In some Asian and African nations where the level of animal protein is relatively low, fish proteins are essential to food security.

From a socio-economic perspective, fishing represents an important source of income and food especially in developing countries. Nowadays, developing nations produce more than 70% of the fish consumed worldwide. An estimated 90 million people depend on fish for a living.


Source : EarthTrends, nutrition fish protein as a percentage of total protein, 2007


Source : EarthTrends, nutrition fish protein as a percentage of total protein, 2007

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