On World Environment Day (June 5), the World Resources Institute (WRI), WorldFish, the World Bank, INRA, and Kasetsart University released the newest installment of the 2013–14 World Resources Report: Creating a Sustainable Food Future, “Improving Productivity and Environmental Performance of Aquaculture.”

This working paper examines the implications of doubling aquaculture production between now and 2050, and offers recommendations to ensure that aquaculture growth contributes to a sustainable food future.

Three of the paper’s authors led the presentation and discussion:

  • Richard Waite, World Resources Institute

  • Michael Phillips, WorldFish

  • Randall Brummett, World Bank

The discussion highlighted:

  • The challenge of sustainably feeding more than 9 billion people by 2050

  • Trends in fisheries and aquaculture, with a focus on aquaculture’s growth potential

  • Results from a new life cycle assessment by WorldFish and Kasetsart University that estimates environmental impacts of aquaculture in 2050 under several growth scenarios

  • Case studies of improvements in aquaculture productivity and environmental performance from around the world

  • Recommendations to accelerate further gains in productivity and environmental performance of aquaculture

Aquaculture is expanding to meet world food demand:

Presentation Slides

Webinar Recording

Note: Video recording begins with black background. Slides begin 1 minute into the recording. Recording is audio-only from 18:09 to the end. A high-quality version of WorldFish’s video presentation is below.

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Photo: WorldFish Bangladesh Office