As the global wild fish catch peaked in the 1990s, aquaculture—or fish farming—has grown rapidly to meet world fish demand, more than doubling production between 2000 and 2012.
New research shows that aquaculture production will need to more than double again between now and 2050 to meet the demands of a growing population.
The question is: Can aquaculture grow sustainably?
The World Resources Institute (WRI), WorldFish, the World Bank, INRA, and Kasetsart University explore this question in a new paper on improving the productivity and environmental performance of aquaculture. The authors examine aquaculture’s environmental footprint today and explores various scenarios of aquaculture growth to 2050. It suggests strategies to lessen aquaculture’s environmental impacts while also ensuring that fish farming provides employment and nutritious food to millions more people.
It is the latest installment of the 2013–2014 World Resources Report: Creating a Sustainable Food Future that profiles a menu of solutions to help feed more than 9 billion people by 2050 in a manner that advances economic development and reduces pressure on the environment.
Download the full report: http://www.wri.org/publication/improving-aquaculture
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