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Advancing the Aquaculture Agenda

Workshop Proceedings

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Aquaculture now provides more than 50% of the global supply of fisheries products for direct human consumption. This conference proceedings addresses key policy challenges of the aquaculture sector. Policy makers, academics, industry representatives, NGOs and international organisations gathered to discuss the critical economic, environmental and social aspects of aquaculture.  This publication presents a selection of key issues covered by the workshop and includes a large number of country case studies, which provide specific examples of national approaches to aquaculture management.

 

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Chair's summary

The UN Millennium Development Goals include cutting the share of the global population suffering from hunger by half by 2015. Progress was steady at first - before the rise in food prices in 2008 and the global recession wiped out many of the gains. This may turn out to be merely a temporary setback. However, there are fears for longer term food security, with some experts even warning of a ‘perfect storm’ as population is forecast to grow by 50% from now to mid-century, while agricultural land is lost to urbanisation and climate change introduces a number of uncertainties. This pessimistic outlook assumes it will not be possible to increase food supplies fast enough to keep up with demand.

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