The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (The FAO) just released a report on Monday that projects aquaculture output to rise 33 percent over the next decade in a bid to meet the world’s growing demand for fish. World trade of fish for human consumption is expected to expand by as much as 25 percent in the next decade.
“Aquaculture will remain one of the fastest-growing animal food-producing sectors,” the report said. By 2018, farmed fish is expected to exceed captured fish for human consumption for the first time. The demand for fish has been on a steady increase because of the health benefits, high protein density, and nutrient rich content of fish.
The food agency urged countries to effectively manage their fisheries and aquaculture sectors to help ensure the food security for millions of people. They continued, warning that failing to do so would have serious environmental, economic and social consequences.
“Fisheries and aquaculture are making a vital contribution to global food security and economic growth….However, the sector faces an array of problems, including poor governance, weak fisheries management regimes, conflicts over the use of natural resources, the persistent use of poor fishery and aquaculture practices. It is further undermined by a failure to incorporate the priorities and rights of small-scale fishing communities and the injustices relating to gender discrimination and child labor.”
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