May 20, 2023 USTFA

United Nations calls for global expansion of aquaculture

“Aquaculture has seen enormous progress in recent decades and is destined to produce the majority of the ever-growing demand for aquatic food.” – United Nations FAO.

As Canada struggles with a divisive debate over the future of salmon farming in its oceans, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is calling on nations to strengthen aquaculture for food and sustainable development.

Having established itself as a major food producing and economic sector, aquaculture now needs to proactively integrate social responsibility and human wellbeing perspectives at all scales, including both workers and communities at large, said the FAO.

“Given that aquaculture now supplies around 50 percent of aquatic food and given its potential to contribute to so many of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, we all need to focus on how to move it forward in a sustainable way,” said Xinhua Yuan, FAO’s Deputy Director for Aquaculture…

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