Over 7 billion people today continue to generate increasing demand for seafood. The world’s population is expected to exceed 9.5 billion by 2050. By 2030, 40 million tons of seafood worldwide will need to be harvested to meet current consumption rates.
Wild fisheries cannot sustain the growing demand for one of the healthiest and most preferred sources of protein on the planet.
The additional supply required by world markets within the next two decades- estimated at about 30 million metric tons - will come almost entirely from the Aquaculture industry.
THE QUICK FACTS
THE WORLD’S POPULATION IS EXPECTED TO EXCEED 9.5 BILLION BY 2050.
BY 2030, 62% OF FOOD FISH WILL NEED TO COME FROM AQUACULTURE TO MEET CURRENT CONSUMPTION RATES.
80% OF THE WORLD’S OPEN OCEAN FISHERIES ARE NEARING COLLAPSE.
WILD FISHERIES CANNOT SUSTAIN THE GROWING DEMAND FOR ONE OF THE HEALTHIEST AND MOST PREFERRED SOURCES OF PROTEIN ON THE PLANET.
THE ADDITIONAL SUPPLY REQUIRED BY WORLD MARKETS WITHIN THE NEXT TWO DECADES- ESTIMATED AT ABOUT 30 MILLION METRIC TONS - WILL COME ALMOST ENTIRELY FROM THE AQUACULTURE INDUSTRY.
1 FAO (2010) STATE OF WORLD FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE (SOFIA) - SOFIA 2010. FAO FISHERIES DEPARTMENT
2 WORM, B. ET AL (2006) IMPACTS OF BIODIVERSITY LOSS ON OCEAN ECOSYSTEM SERVICES.SCIENCE, 314: 787