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Aquaculture Today

Aquaculture has grown since the early days of fish farming, largely due to unprecedented demand and the recent depletion of the world’s wild fish populations. Wild-caught fisheries cannot keep pace with the overwhelming global demand for seafood.

• By 2030, an additional 41 million tons of fish per year will be needed to maintain current levels of fish consumption for an expanded world population, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

• Our oceans are gravely endangered, with 80% of global fish stocks fully or over exploited. The world’s oceans now meet only 50% of the global demand for fish and seafood.

• The world will continue to experience a dramatic increase in fish farming to close this gap.

The three “legs” of aquaculture sustainability—biology, technology, and feed—have seen dramatic changes in the last decade.

• Cutting-edge research in marine biology has led to improvements in hatchery techniques and humane grow-out operations to ensure healthy fish.

• Advances in cage and operational technology have mitigated environmental effects of fish farms, including the proliferation of open-ocean aquaculture operations.

• New soy formulations that replace up to 50% of the fishmeal in feeds for many marine farmed species, and 100% of the fishmeal for many freshwater-farmed species have raised the sustainability quotient of aquafeeds immensely.