20 Jun '11, 3am

Sustainable fish farming can ensure global food security

Sustainable fish farming can ensure global food security

A global study by Conservation International and the WorldFish Center has identified aquaculture as key to feeding growing urban populations. The study by the international non-profit organisations, released at an Asean conference on aquaculture held last week in Bangkok, assessed 75 fish farming systems from 18 different countries. Aquaculture, otherwise known as fish farming, is the controlled cultivation of freshwater and saltwater animals or plants. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that aquaculture is growing at a rate of 8.4 per cent annually, making farmed fish one of the fastest growing food supplies in the world. The industry is now worth more than US$100 billion and supplies more than half of the seafood consumed globally today. Asia accounts for 91 per cent of that supply. WorldFish predicts production will reach 79 to 110 mill...

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