Sustainable fishery management key to ensuring food security, says FAO

Date: June 10, 2020

Source: New Food Magazine

A recent FAO report has highlighted sustainable aquaculture development and effective fisheries management as crucial to ensuring future food and nutritional security.

Worldwide per capita fish consumption has reached a new record of 20.5 kilograms per year and is poised to increase further in the decade ahead, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), which is said to underscore the ‘critical role’ of fish in global food and nutrition security. In light of this, a recent FAO report has highlighted sustainable aquaculture development and effective fisheries management as critical to maintain these trends.

Total fish production is set to increase to 204 million tonnes in 2030, up 15 percent from 2018, with aquaculture’s share growing from its current 46 percent, according to The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) report. That growth is around half the increase recorded in the previous decade, and translates into an annual per capita fish food consumption forecast to reach 21.5 kilograms by 2030.

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