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As consumption rises, here’s why sustainable fisheries management matters: FAO report June 09,2020   |  Source: UN News

Global consumption of fish hit a record high in 2018 and is set to rise in the decade ahead, highlighting the need to ensure sustainable fisheries management, according to the latest report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA), projects total fish production will increase to 204 million tonnes in 2030, or up 15 per cent. Aquaculture, or fish farming, is also expected to surpass its current level of 82 million tonnes: another record.

“Fish and fisheries products are recognized not only as some of the healthiest foods on the planet but also as some of the less impactful on the natural environment”, said Qu Dongyu, the FAO Director-General, who emphasized that they must play a more central role in food security.

As the SOFIA report reveals, the world’s appetite for fish and fish products shows no signs of slowing down.

Global consumption, per capita, has reached 20.5 kilogrammes per year, which is forecast to rise by one kilo per person, by 2030.

Although sustainability trends for tuna and other major fish stocks are improving, nearly 35 per cent of all catches are being sourced at what FAO called “biologically unsustainable levels”.

The UN agency warned that failure to apply effective

 

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Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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