Aquaculture producing the most seafood for human consumption, report finds
The global aquaculture industry is expected to step up and play an increasingly pivotal part in food security efforts as the world’s population grows to an estimated 9.7 billion people by 2050, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Given the latest figures present within the 2016 edition of the FAO’s “State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture” report, the sector seems primed and poised for the challenge.
Seafood farming has already made a considerable impact on world per capita fish supply, which reached a record high of 20 kilograms in 2014 thanks in large part to aquaculture’s steady growth, the FAO said. For the first time ever, aquaculture operations were responsible for contributing more fish for human consumption than their wild capture counterparts in 2014, harvesting 73.8 million metric tons (MT) of seafood that year with an estimated first-sale value of USD 160.2 billion (EUR 131.3 billion).