Over 7 billion people today continue to generate increasing demand for seafood. The world’s population is expected to exceed 9.5 billion by 2050. By 2030, 40 million tons of seafood worldwide will need to be harvested to meet current consumption rates.

Aquaculture has surpassed beef production in recent years. Currently, 50% of fish consumed worldwide are farm-raised. By 2030, 62% of Food fish will come from aquaculture.

96% of the world’s fisheries resources are moderately exploited, overexploited, or depleted. 80% of the world’s open ocean fisheries are nearing collapse.

Wild fisheries cannot sustain the growing demand for one of the healthiest and most preferred sources of protein on the planet. 

The additional supply required by world markets within the next two decades- estimated at about 30 million metric tons - will come almost entirely from the Aquaculture industry.

 

Unsustainable Fishing Threatens Us All

Valuable fish stocks, as well as a whole host of other marine life, are severely threatened by overfishing.

 

  • 53% of the world’s fisheries are fully exploited, and 32% are overexploited, depleted, or recovering from depletion1

  • Most of the top ten marine fisheries, accounting for about 30% of all capture fisheries production, are fully exploited or overexploited1

  • Several important commercial fish populations have declined to the point where their survival is threatened

  • Unless the current situation improves, stocks of all species currently fished for food are predicted to collapse by 20482


The fisheries and aquaculture sectors are crucial to food security, poverty alleviation and general well-being

  • Fish and seafood products are among the most widely traded commodities, worth billions of dollars annually
     
  • Fisheries and aquaculture support the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people
     
  • Around 1 billion people rely on marine fish as an important source of protein

 

Sources

1 FAO (2010) State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) - SOFIA 2010. FAO Fisheries Department

2 Worm, B. et al (2006) Impacts of biodiversity loss on ocean ecosystem services. Science, 314: 787