Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Global Aquaculture Outlook 2010

Global Conference on Aquaculture 2010 - FAO publication releases.

The Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of FAO published seven technical documents on aquaculture which are of global relevance. These documents can be found at this link.

The FAO states that these Regional Reviews and the Global Synthesis can be of pertinent use to national governments, regional organizations, policy makers, farmers, investors, civil society organizations, research and training institutions and the general public.

I, like many others, am busy reading these publications in my spare time and hoping to gain some helpful insights and fresh data from the reports. 

From my limited review of the 2010 publications to date; one thing that certainly stands out is that the industry continues to grow based on need and demand for sustainable fish supplies by the world population. Here is a quote from “State of world aquaculture 2010"

Global production of fish from aquaculture has grown substantially in the past decade, reaching 52.5 million tonnes in 2008, compared with 32.4 million tonnes in 2000. Aquaculture continues to be the fastest-growing animal food producing sector and currently accounts for nearly half (45.6 percent) of the world’s food fish consumption, compared with 33.8 percent in 2000. With stagnating global capture fishery production and an increasing population, aquaculture is perceived as having the greatest potential to produce more fish in the future to meet the growing demand for safe and quality aquatic food.
According to FAO, it is estimated that by 2012 more than 50 percent of global food fish consumption will originate from aquaculture.

With all this fresh data and some review time I hope to make more posts and comments on the state of affairs. I hope that you do also, feel free to comment here.


Simon said...

There was an interesting article about aquaculture in TIMES magazine about two or three months ago. Among other things it mentioned that we going to farm fish more and more because the oceans are being depleted of fish.

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