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2.5 Per Cent Rise in Global Aquaculture

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GLOBE - Worldwide farmed fish production totalled 51.6 million tonnes in 2008, which represents an increase of 2.5 per cent with respect to the previous period.

Wild capture fisheries production remained stable at 90 million tonnes, according to a United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report.

According to FAO statistics, total fisheries production - not including algae or marine mammals - reached 141.6 million tonnes last year, which represents an increase of just 0.9 per cent against 2007, says an FIS news item.

According to FIS, seafood consumption per capita remained practically unchanged, at 16.9 kg. Of that total, 8.5 kg came from capture fisheries, with the remainder from aquaculture.

In terms of fish imports, they surpassed the USD 100 billion mark for the first time ever, FAO estimates. Fish export values were slightly lower.

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