FAO: Aquaculture output must continue to rise


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
November 21, 2011

The global aquaculture sector expects production to increase by over 50 percent to meet global demand in the next two decades, say global aquaculture experts.

Presenting a paper at the eighth symposium on “Diseases in Asian aquaculture” in India on Monday, Dr. Rohana P. Subasinghe, Senior Aquaculture Officer, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome, said that aquaculture remains a growing and vibrant food production sector.

In 2008, this sector contributed 52.5 million metric tons of food products, accounting for 45.7 percent of the world's fish production for human consumption.

“Considering the growing world population and the need for more food, and accepting the fact that the production from capture fisheries will not be increased significantly, at least to maintain the global per capita fish consumption at the current level, we will have to produce additional 30 million tonnes of aquatic animal products by 2030,” he said.

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