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On Our Plate: Fish Feed the World Sustainably
Twenty percent of the world’s animal protein supply comes from fish and demand is growing rapidly. Preliminary estimates indicate that global annual fish consumption reached a record 20 kilograms per capita in 2015.
Aquaculture (the production of fish in cages or purpose-built ponds) has grown substantially to meet this demand, particularly in the 10 ASEAN countries, where investments in aquaculture research and production have helped increase output by 14 percent annually from 2008-2013.
GHI’s Global Agricultural Productivity Report ® (GAP Report ®) spotlights the growth and potential of sustainable aquaculture around the world. The 2016 (GAP Report ®) presented a case study on sustainable salmon farming in Chile, the world’s second largest producer (page 54). The 2015 (GAP Report ®) described the potential for sustainable aquaculture to meet the fish demand in Zambia (page 61). The 2014 (GAP Report ®) describes the “blue revolution” in India where aquaculture production has increased ten-fold since 1980 thanks to the growth of inland fisheries.
To learn more about the potential for sustainable aquaculture, see the articles below.
Nation’s first indoor Atlantic salmon farm opens in Wisconsin
La Crosse Tribune, April 17, 2017
How to make the fish farming industry more climate friendly
New Food Magazine, April 13, 2017
Project builds capacity of fish farmers to raise yields
Sci Dev Net, April 11, 2017
Replacing Farms with Fish Farms: The odd solution to both hunger and climate change
Fast Company, March 13, 2017
To save Hawaiian fisheries, scientists look to locals for answers
Conservation International, February 22, 2017