Rivers to Reefs

Rivers to Reefs


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Debates and decisions about food systems generally focus on agriculture and livestock. Yet, aquatic foods – fish, invertebrates, algae and aquatic plants captured or cultured in freshwater and marine ecosystems – play a central role in food and nutrition security for billions of people and are a cornerstone of the livelihoods, economies, and cultures of many communities. Despite their unique value and interconnections with terrestrial food systems, aquatic foods are often left out of food system analyses, discussions, decisions, and solutions. On October 19, 2021, this symposium explored the science behind the potential of aquatic foods to play a central role in ending malnutrition and in building healthy, nature-positive and resilient food systems.


10:00 am EDT

Opening Watch video >


Carter Roberts, President & CEO, WWF-US

Shakuntala Thilsted


Unleashing the Potential of Aquatic Foods for Nourishing People and Planet

Shakuntala Thilsted, WorldFish


10:50 am EDT

Session 1 Watch video >

Food & Freshwater Systems [Session information coming soon]

Rebecca Shaw


Rebecca Shaw, WWF

Jeff Opperman

Rivers of Food: How healthy rivers are central to feeding the world

Jeff Opperman, WWF

Namukolo Covic

More Fish Please! Seeking sustainable sources of nutrition and livelihoods

Namukolo Covic, IFPRI

Abby Lynch

Inland Fisheries: How small global actions can have a big impact on local foods

Abigail Lynch, USGS

Fabrice DeClerck

Moderated Discussion

Moderator: Fabrice DeClerck, EAT


1:00 PM EDT

Session 2 Watch video >

Food & Aquaculture Systems [Session information coming soon]

Melissa Ho


Melissa Ho, WWF-US

Dane Klinger

Global Aquaculture at a Crossroads: Trends, challenges, and opportunities

Dane Klinger, Conservation International

Bernadette Tosan Fregene

Role of African Aquaculture Small and Medium Enterprises in Food Security and Livelihood

Bernadette Tosan Fregene, WorldFish Nigeria

Ling Cao

Aquatic Food Revolution in China

Ling Cao, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Fabrice DeClerck

Moderated Discussion

Moderator: Fabrice DeClerck, EAT


2:50 pm EDT

Session 3 Watch video >

Food & Marine Systems [Session information coming soon]

Johan Bergenas


Johan Bergenas, WWF-US

Christina Hicks

Whose Seas? Exploring the promise and perils of seafood systems

Christina Hicks, Lancaster University

Xavier Basurto

Governing the Transformation of Fish as Food: Challenges and opportunities

Xavier Basurto, Duke University

Anne Salomon

Ancestral Sea Gardens: Looking backwards to guide the future of blue foods

Anne Salomon, Simon Fraser University

Fabrice DeClerck

Moderated Discussion

Moderator: Fabrice DeClerck, EAT


4:10 pm EDT

Closing Watch video >

Roz Naylor

Ensuring Aquatic Foods Are at the Heart of Food System Decision-Making

Rosamond Naylor, Stanford University

Nik Sekhran

Closing Remarks

Nik Sekhran, WWF-US