Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Environmental impact research urged for fish farming

According to a report by the WorldFish Center and the non-profit organisation Conservation International, more research and sharing of best practice could minimise the environmental impacts of aquaculture, and maximise its potential to alleviate food insecurity. Almost half of all seafood consumed originates from aquaculture and in 2008, production reached nearly 66 million tonnes , and the report projects that this could increase to up to 110 million tonnes by 2030. "The growth in farmed fish supply has significantly outpaced growth in world population," the report said. The report is the first global assessment of the trends and impacts of cultivated seafood. The report said that, in terms of ecological efficiency and environmental impact, aquaculture has clear benefits over other forms of animal source food production for human consumption. Full report available here.

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