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Importance of Fish for Feeding Nine Billion

Lucy Towers
03 May 2013, at 1:00am

GLOBAL - With the prospect that by 2050 the world will have nine billion mouths to feed, the aquaculture industry is expected to play a big role. In line with this, Dr Rick Sibbel, DVM Director, Merck Animal Health, discusses the utilisation of protein sources to feed the world, writes Lucy Towers, TheFishSite Editor.

Dr Rick Sibbel, Merck Animal Health discusses the utilisation of protein sources to feed the world with Sarah Mikesell, 5m Senior Editor.

Fish has become a regular part of people's diets across the world with both developed and less developed countries eating fish for a source of protein.

As the world's population becomes more affluent there will also be an increase in per capita protein needs. In meeting this, fish stands out as a protein source which has the ability to manage the resources and environmental issues well, said Dr Sibbel.

The importance of fish for food in the future also circles around its conversion capacity. Fish has one of the best conversion capacities meaning it can convert nutrients to protein much better than other animals.