Vania Andreoli

Ms, Doctor of Philosophy Student

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Indian Ocean fisheries contribute substantially to the food security, livelihoods, employment and economy of more than 800 million people, most of whom live in developing countries. However, the marine resources and ecosystems of the region are threatened by over-fishing, habitat degradation and climate change. It is critical to understand better the interplay between catches, the biomass status of fish stocks, their nutritional content, and the role played by subsidies and global trade in order to balance the conservation of marine resources with the need for nutrient security and nutritional equity. My PhD will contribute to the development of more nutrient-sensitive fisheries management policies that ensure essential nutrients from fish are available to those that need them most. My project will inter-connect, harmonise, map and analyse the nutritional composition of the in-water fish biomass as well as catches of exploited taxa, to provide a comprehensive picture of the available marine resource nutrient loads, and identify nutritionally important hotspots. The seafood trade network and the intensity of fisheries subsidies distributed in the region are then explored to understand the allocation of the nutrients between countries and the fisheries economic viability. Finally, I will investigate which countries benefit from protecting nutrient-dense hotspots and eliminating harmful subsidies.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Research expertise keywords

  • Fisheries management
  • Nutritional security
  • Seafood trade network
  • Aquatic foods
  • Fisheries subsidies

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