Record fisheries and aquaculture production makes critical contribution to global food security


Aquatic meals are contributing greater than ever earlier than to food security and diet.

29/06/2022 Rome/Lisbon

Significant development in aquaculture has pushed global fisheries and aquaculture production to a report excessive as aquatic meals make an more and more critical contribution to food security and diet within the twenty first century, in accordance to a report from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launched right this moment.

The 2022 version of The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) says the expansion of aquaculture, significantly in Asia, lifted complete production of fisheries and aquaculture to an all-time excessive of 214 million tonnes in 2020, comprising 178 million tonnes of aquatic animals and 36 million tonnes of algae.

Production of aquatic animals in 2020 was 30 p.c larger than the common within the 2000s and greater than 60 p.c above the common within the Nineteen Nineties. Record aquaculture output of 87.5 million tonnes of aquatic animals largely drove these outcomes.

As the sector continues to broaden, FAO says extra focused transformative adjustments are wanted to obtain a extra sustainable, inclusive and equitable fisheries and aquaculture sector. A ‘Blue Transformation’ in how we produce, handle, commerce and eat aquatic meals, is essential if we’re to obtain the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

‘’The development of fisheries and aquaculture is important in our efforts to finish global starvation and malnutrition however additional transformation is required within the sector to handle the challenges,’’ says FAO Director General, QU Dongyu.  ‘’We should remodel agrifood methods to guarantee aquatic meals are sustainably harvested, livelihoods are safeguarded and aquatic habitats and biodiversity are protected.’’

Aquatic meals are contributing greater than ever earlier than to food security and diet. Global consumption of aquatic meals (excluding algae) has elevated at a median annual charge of three.0 p.c since 1961, nearly twice that of annual world inhabitants development – reaching 20.2 kg per capita, greater than double the consumption within the Sixties.

Over 157 million tonnes – or 89 p.c of aquatic animal production, have been used for direct human consumption in 2020, a barely larger quantity than in 2018, regardless of the affect of the COVID-19 pandemic. Aquatic meals contribute about 17 p.c of the animal proteins consumed in 2019, reaching 23 p.c in lower-middle-income international locations and greater than 50 p.c in elements of Asia and Africa.

Asian international locations have been the supply of 70 p.c of the world’s fisheries and aquaculture production of aquatic animals in 2020, adopted by international locations within the Americas, Europe, Africa and Oceania. China remained the highest fisheries producer, adopted by Indonesia, Peru, the Russian Federation, the United States, India and Viet Nam.

Aquaculture shapes the way forward for aquatic meals

Aquaculture has grown quicker than seize fisheries within the final two years and is predicted to broaden additional over the following decade. In 2020, animal aquaculture production reached 87.5 million tonnes, 6 p.c larger than in 2018. On the opposite hand, seize fisheries production dropped to 90.3 million tonnes, a fall of 4.0 p.c in contrast with the common over the earlier three years.

The discount in seize fisheries production was primarily pushed by  the COVID-19 pandemic, which severely disrupted fishing actions, market entry and gross sales, in addition to a discount in China’s catches and a fall within the naturally-fluctuating anchoveta catches.

Growing demand for fish and different aquatic meals is quickly altering the fisheries and aquaculture sector. Consumption is predicted  to improve by 15 p.c to provide on common 21.4 kg per capita in 2030, pushed principally by rising incomes and urbanization, adjustments in post-harvest practices and distribution, in addition to in dietary tendencies specializing in higher well being and diet.

Total production of aquatic animals is predicted to attain 202 million tonnes in 2030, primarily due to the persevering with development of aquaculture, projected to attain 100 million tonnes for the primary time in 2027 and 106 million tonnes in 2030.

The want for a Blue Transformation

FAO says extra wants to be achieved to feed the world’s rising inhabitants whereas enhancing the sustainability of shares and fragile ecosystems and defending lives and livelihoods within the long-term. According to SOFIA 2022, the sustainability of marine fishery sources stays of great concern, with the proportion of sustainably fished shares falling to 64.6 p.c in 2019, a 1.2 p.c decline from 2017.

However, there are encouraging indicators as sustainably fished shares supplied 82.5 p.c of the full quantity of 2019 landings a 3.8 p.c improve since 2017. This appears to point out that bigger shares are being managed extra successfully.

FAO promotes Blue Transformation, a visionary technique to meet the dual challenges of food security and environmental sustainability whereas guaranteeing equitable outcomes and gender equality.

Climate and environment-friendly coverage and practices, in addition to technological innovation, are additionally very important for change.

‘’Blue Transformation is an objective-driven course of by means of which FAO Members and companions can maximize the contribution of aquatic food methods to improve food security, diet and reasonably priced wholesome diets, whereas remaining whithin ecological boundaries,’’ says Manuel Barange, Director of FAO’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Division.

Fisheries and aquaculture contribute to employment, commerce and financial growth.  The complete first sale worth of fisheries and aquaculture production of aquatic animals in 2020 was estimated at $406 billion, of which $265 billion got here from aquaculture production.

According to the newest knowledge, an estimated 58.5 million folks have been employed within the sector and of those roughly 21 p.c have been girls. Around 600 million individuals are estimated to depend upon fisheries and aquaculture in a roundabout way for his or her lives and livelihoods. Building resilience is critical for equitable and sustainable growth.

Key numbers from The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022


– Total global production of aquatic animals and algae: 214 million tonnes – First-sale worth of aquatic animal production: $406 billion

– Marine seize fisheries:  78.8 million tonnes

– Freshwater seize fisheries: 11.5 million tonnes

– Animal aquaculture production: 87.5 million tonnes, a brand new excessive

Consumption and Trade

– Total quantity for human consumption (excluding algae): 157 million tonnes

Value of worldwide commerce of fisheries and aquaculture merchandise: $151 billion

Employment and Fleets

– Total employed in main sector of fisheries and aquaculture: 58.5 million, 21 p.c girls

– Region with probably the most fishers and fish farmers: Asia (84 p.c) – Number of fishing vessels on planet: 4.1 million

– Largest fleet by area: Asia (2.68 million vessels, about two thirds of the global fleet)

Fish Stocks

– Sustainably fished shares : 64.6 p.c (2019), 1.2 p.c decrease than 2017

– Sustainably fished shares from complete landings:  82.5 p.c (2019), up 3.8 since 2017


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