FAO Releases 2012 Aquaculture and Fisheries Report

December 12, 2012
FAO Releases 2012 Aquaculture and Fisheries Report

There are many misconceptions in the public consciousness about the current state of world fisheries and aquaculture.   While there are many complex issues surrounding both of these industries, it is clear that aquaculture continues to play an increasingly important role in the global food supply.    There are several striking facts about the state of the aquaculture and fisheries industries described in "The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2012" report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of The United Nations (FAO).  Here are some excerpts:

  • Fish and Fishery products [including aquaculture] represent 16.6% of total animal protein consumed worldwide.
  • Aquaculture contribution to world food fish production for human consumption was 47% in 2010 compared with only 9% in 1980.
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