Farmed seafood to grow  by 40 percent worldwide: UN

Alex Whitebrook/ August 3, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

The United Nations says that aquaculture (Farmed Seafood) continues to grow faster than any other major food production sector in the world as it helps boost the economies of coastal communities and put affordable protein on the table.

In 2016, 37 countries were producing more farmed than wild-caught fish, according to a new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Aquaculture production is expected to continue its remarkable rise, and volume is projected to reach 109 million metric tons in 2030, with a growth of 37 percent over 2016, said the FAO.

Asia will continue to dominate world aquaculture production, with a share of 89 percent in 2030, said the FAO.

Asia has accounted for about 89 percent of world aquaculture production for over two decades, the report said.

More than 19 million people are engaged in farming fish, and aquaculture production is expected to grow nearly 40% by 2030 said the FAO.

Here is a look at some of what is happening in the world of aquaculture;

ICELAND – Iceland’s aquaculture sector has seen a dramatic rise in volume output over the past two years, data from the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (Mast) reveals. In 2017 overall volumes climbed to 20,776 metric tons, up from 8,290t in 2015, and 15,061t in 2016 primarily due to salmon farming. The Icelandic Food Administration says salmon and trout remain the two largest species, adding that a number of fish farming companies have expansion of Aquaculture operations in Iceland.

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