Linking Fisheries Policy to Sustainable Diets: The Case of Lake Superior


  • Kristen Lowitt Queen's University



small-scale fisheries, food policy


The contribution of fisheries to food systems are largely absent from conceptions of sustainable food systems. At the root of this problem is that fisheries are often seen in terms of maximizing economic efficiency rather than local food security. This perspective piece engages with sustainable diets as a framework for linking fisheries policy with broader food systems considerations asking, how would fisheries policy be different if fisheries were governed with sustainable diets in mind? My discussion is oriented around the case of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world and home to commercial, recreational, and Indigenous fisheries. I review the key policies and legislative frameworks influencing the region’s fisheries from a sustainable diet lens to put forward some recommendations for how policy change in support of sustainable diets may be fostered.  

Author Biography

Kristen Lowitt, Queen's University

Kristen Lowitt is Assistant Professor in the School of Environmental Studies at Queen's University. Her research is directed towards working with communities to build just and sustainable food systems. Interests include the role of fisheries in sustainable food systems, Indigenous food sovereignty, and collective action in food systems governance.




How to Cite

Lowitt, K. (2021). Linking Fisheries Policy to Sustainable Diets: The Case of Lake Superior. Canadian Food Studies La Revue Canadienne Des études Sur l’alimentation, 8(2).