Aquaculture, the Answer to Food Security

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
24 August 2006, at 1:00am

NAMIBIA - Increased pressure to feed a growing world population, coupled with depleted marine resources due to overfishing, leave no choice but to increase food production through aquaculture or fish farming, according to Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister Abraham Iyambo. Food security could be attained and maximised through fish farming and Namibia should take advantage of that opportunity, Iyambo said at the opening of a three-day southern African conference in Windhoek yesterday. Namibia has a fledgling commercial oyster industry along the coast, while inland aquaculture was recently introduced in the northern parts of Namibia, where the popular bream (tilapia) species is grown in large fishponds to improve the food security of local communities and generate an income for them. "I find it abhorrent and a blasphemy on the part of the human race that 800 million people are chronically undernourished and go to sleep hungry every night. Source: AllAfrica