Salmon populations plummeted over the past several decades in central Oregon’s John Day River. The fish’s return is not just an environmental restoration success story, but a cultural one.
Report Presents New Findings and Recommendations for Sustainable Aquaculture
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?
Fish—including finfish and shellfish—are an important item in the human food basket, contributing 17 percent of the global animal-based protein supply in 2010. They are an especially valuable food source in developing countries, where more than 75 percent of the world’s fish consumption occurs.
Improving Productivity and Environmental Performance of Aquaculture, Installment 5 of Creating a Sustainable Food Future, explores the potential role of fish farming, i.e., aquaculture in meeting global fish demand in 2050. This chart reveals aquaculture’s growth from 1950-2050, globally, and projects that aquaculture production will need to more than double by midcentury.
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, “