Michigan State partnered with the UN to research the importance of inland fisheries

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There’s a global challenge to feed rural and poor populations.

A new study, however, finds that there is a key source to help provide the proper nutrients to those communities that need it.

“Inland fisheries are particularly important for some countries,” Abigail Bennet said.

She helped research and find the power in freshwater fisheries around the world.

“95 percent of the world’s inland fisheries production comes from developing countries,” Bennett said.

Recently developed countries have turned to more recreational fisheries as opposed to commercial fisheries. This is because they do not depend on fisheries as do developing countries.

“But there are particular communities living in the Amazon region that depend almost entirely on inland fish,” Bennett said.

Timothy Loch researches fisheries all over the world.

“I’m collaborating with a research group out there who also raise cold water fish,” Loch said.

Frank Lupi is exploring the economic impact that inland fisheries have.

“Globally, a lot of the value of inland fisheries is going to be associated with food production,” Lupi said.

“When we’re helping track the health and also intervening on the behalf of the fish to ensure that they are healthy, that means that there’s going to be more of these fish that are available,” Loch said.