Asia-Pacific begins 15 year sustainable aquaculture action planStaff writer ▼ | December 4, 2014
The Asia-Pacific region has taken a step forward in the development of a coordinated strategy and action plan that will lead to the sustainable intensification of aquaculture, said the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
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Senior government aquaculture and fisheries officials from 16 countries in the region, along with representatives of specialised organisations, the private sector and international funding agencies have agreed a regional strategy and action plan for the sustainable intensification of aquaculture for Asia and the Pacific.
"Aquaculture is a critical sector in this region which presently supplies more than 90 percent of world production," said Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific.
"In total, aquaculture is responsible for more than half of all fisheries products we consume, and demand for aquaculture products is expected to increase."
While Asia-Pacific's aquaculture outputs help nourish the world, they are also responsible for more than 20 percent of total protein intake of people living within the region.
However, as it is the most populous region of the world, and with heavy demands on natural resources, Asian aquaculture will face great challenges to sustain its growth and meet the increasing demand for fish inside and outside the region.
"It is estimated that fish consumption in Asia and the Pacific will increase by 30 percent by 2030 and aquaculture production may need to increase by 50 percent during that time to meet increased global demand for fish," said Konuma. ■