Carbon Footprint of Commercial Fishing In the Northeast United States Public Deposited

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  • Environmental concerns about seafood consumption generally are associated with the status of target stocks as well as bycatch and/or habitat issues. The more recent concept of "food miles" hails from terrestrial food production, and focuses on "consuming locally" in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint of a consumer's diet. Fish is one of the most heavily traded food products in the world. The idea of consumers considering food miles in their consumption decisions has tremendous implications for seafood. Over 40 percent of global production of seafood is traded internationally, and the distances between fishing vessel and dinner plate only seem to grow. But how important is the carbon footprint of shipping relative to the production of seafood? This paper examines the share of energy consumption associated with the harvest of seafood in the Northeast U.S. Fishing vessel fuel consumption and landings are used to assess energy use per landed (live) weight of seafood. Such information should shed light on the true nature of the carbon footprint of seafood trade.
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  • Kitts, Andrew, Greg Schneider and Rebecca Lent. 2008. Carbon Footprint of Commercial Fishing In the Northeast United States. 12 pages. In: Proceedings of the Fourteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, July 22-25, 2008, Nha Trang, Vietnam: Achieving a Sustainable Future: Managing Aquaculture, Fishing, Trade and Development. Compiled by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, 2008.
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