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Aquaculture to Remain Ahead of the Food Pack

by 5m Editor
5 January 2009, at 12:00am

GLOBE - A recent assessment has concluded that aquaculture will most likely remain the fastest growing food production system worldwide.

The assessment, by James S. Diana of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, notes that despite well-publicised concerns about some harmful effects of aquaculture, the technique may, when practiced well, be no more damaging to biodiversity than other food production systems. Moreover, it may be the only way to supply growing demand for seafood as the human population increases.

According to AzloCleanTech, Diana notes that total production from capture fisheries has remained approximately constant for the past 20 years and may decline. Aquaculture, in contrast, has increased by 8.8 per cent per year since 1985 and now accounts for about one-third of all aquatic harvest by weight.

Finfish, mollusks, and crustaceans dominate aquaculture production; seafood exports generate more money for developing countries than meat, coffee, tea, bananas, and rice combined.

5m Editor