Seafood 2040 - Research

One of the underlying ambitions of SF2040 is to encourage England’s population to consume two portions of seafood per person per week. The health benefits of seafood such as protein rich and low calorie are well documented. However, what is not clearly understood is the estimated socioeconomic value of the impact of increased seafood consumption on Government budgets, the economy, NHS, and the population. There is a lack of reliable data for evidence-based decision-making and planning and it is anticipated this research will improve that understanding. We believe there will be positive economic impacts on future Government spending and NHS budgets not to mention the positive impacts on population health if there is an increase in seafood consumption, but by what margin? Would it be a large enough reduction that would save a significant number of lives, and Government and NHS money spent on ill health and obesity? 

This 9 month research project (June 2019-March 2020) seeks to answer those questions through the interrogation of economic and population health data in order to build a reliable and estimated picture of the socioeconomic value and impact of increased seafood consumption on England’s economy, population health, and Government, and NHS budgets. Analysis of two scenarios is required:

  1. The likely socioeconomic impact of an increase of seafood consumption on England’s economy, population health, and Government and NHS spend 
  2. The likely socioeconomic impact of no change in seafood consumption on England’s economy, population health, and Government and NHS spend

The expected project outputs are:

  1. Report 
  2. Presentation that Seafish can use to disseminate the findings and generate interest
  3. Key features brochure/one-page briefs with messages for
  • Policy makers
  • Consumers
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Food service industry

The research will be used to:

  • Create an awareness about the connection between increased seafood consumption and the socioeconomic value and impact on England’s economy, population health, and Government and NHS spending
  • Contribute to the understanding of the barrier and opportunities around seafood consumption growth
  • Build health-focussed campaigns for the seafood industry
  • Provide evidence that clearly demonstrates the link and therefore inspires:
    • Government to invest money now in action and campaigns that promote increased seafood consumption because of the future savings and reduction of spend on ill health
    • Consumers to increase their seafood intake to two portions per week
    • Frontline healthcare professionals such as GPs and nutritionists to actively promote seafood consumption with their patients.

 

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