World Press Conference on Aquaculture, Aug 24, 2010

On Tuesday, August 24, 2010, a press conference was held at the World Expo in Shanghai on prospects and challenges of aquaculture.

Over the past decades, aquaculture, the farming of aquatic species (fish, shellfish and seaweeds) has become the fastest growing food-producing sector in the world. Aquaculture has evolved from a marginal industry in the 1970s (producing less than 5% of aquatic consumption products – the remaining harvested/fished from the seas and freshwater rivers and lakes) to a very successful bio-industry meeting almost 50% of our global needs for aquatic protein. With the expanding world population and the stagnation of fisheries catches, aquaculture will continue to grow at a rate of over 7 % per year to meet market demands in the decades to come. This press conference will review the history and status of world aquaculture, assess the commercial opportunities, and address safe and sustainable food production as a vital component in integrated systems for production of energy, food and environmental bioremediation. The press conference will, furthermore, reveal the need and opportunities for more interaction between East and West as a key issue for politicians to ensure a responsible management of aquaculture.

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