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"Aquaculture, not the Internet, represents the most promising investment opportunity of the 21st Century."

- Peter Drucker, Management Expert & Economist

2014-02-19

Fish to 2030 - Prospects for Fisheries and Aquaculture

Verdensbanken har netop udgivet en ny rapport der beskriver udviklingsmulighederne for fiskeri - og særligt for akvakultur frem mod 2030.
Rapporten er på engelsk og kan findes i sin fulde udgave på Aquacircle.org under 'Udvikling/FAO/FISH2030'


Feeding an expected global population of 9 billion by 2050 is a daunting challenge that is engaging researchers, technical experts, and leaders the world over. A relatively unappreciated, yet promising, fact is that fish can play a major role in satisfying the palates of the world's growing middle income group while also meeting the food security needs of the poorest.

Already, fish represents 16 percent of all animal protein consumed globally, and this proportion of the world's food basket is likely to increase as consumers with rising incomes seek higher value seafood and as aquaculture steps up to meet increasing demand.

Aquaculture has grown at an impressive rate over the past decades. It has helped to produce more food fi sh, kept the overall price of fish down, and made fish and seafood more accessible to consumers around the world. That's why greater investment is needed in the industry - for new and safer technologies, their adaptation to local conditions, and their adoption in appropriate settings.

But supplying fish sustainably - producing it without depleting productive natural resources and without damaging the precious aquatic environment - is a huge challenge. We continue to see excessive and irresponsible harvesting in capture fisheries and in aquaculture.

Disease outbreaks, among other things, have heavily impacted production - most recently with early mortality syndrome in shrimp in Asia and America.

At the World Bank, we hear from the heads of major seafood companies that they want to secure access to reliable and environmentally sustainable supply chains. Matching growing market demand with this private sector interest in reliable and sustainable sourcing presents a major opportunity for developing countries prepared to invest in improved fisheries management and environmentally sustainable aquaculture.

By taking up this opportunity, countries can create jobs, help meet global demand, and achieve their own food security aspirations.

There is substantial potential for many developing countries to capitalize on the opportunity that the seafood trade provides. This study employs state-of-the-art economic models of global seafood supply and demand that can be used to analyse the trends and the extent of such opportunities. The insights gained here can inform developing and developed countries alike of the importance and urgency of improved capture fisheries and aquaculture management, so that seafood demand is met in an environmentally and economically sustainable way.

Working alongside partners like IFPRI and FAO, the World Bank can support developing countries in their efforts to manage their fish production sustainably through tailored and innovative solutions that work.

 
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