Aquaculture for all

Seafood to Meet Growing Food Demand

Sustainability Economics +3 more

CHINA - Seafood should be viewed as the source of food to meet the ever increasing food demand in the future, according to an official of the Asian Pacific Chapter of the World Aquaculture Society.

Roy Palmer, president-elect of the chapter, made this remark at the Asian-Pacific Aquaculture (APA) 2009 and Malaysian International Seafood Exposition (MISE) 2009, reports China Daily.

Mr Palmer said that oceans and waterways produced the world's most traded food commodity, which was essentially the seafood.

However, he said that no one seemed to talk about the oceans of waterways when it came to finding ways to meet the food demand of the world population estimated to be nine billion by 2050.

Stressing that the world needed 70 per cent more food than it needed now, Mr Palmer said the aquaculture's potential was evidenced by the wild caught fishing at its maximum.

Mr Palmer said that aquaculture was producing about 50 per cent of the world's seafood and the region of Asia-Pacific dominated the production with nearly 90 per cent in terms of quantity and just under 80 per cent in terms of value.

The APA 2009, organised by World Aquaculture Society, Malaysian Fisheries Society and University Putra Malaysia, attracted over 1,330 participants from more than 50 countries.

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