In a situation where the world needs more food and few can deliver, aquaculture has acquired even greater responsibility.
THE WORLD'S MOST EFFECTIVE FOOD PRODUCTION
Fish farming is currently the form of meat production that provides the greatest return on the feed.
Sustainability is much about the use of input factors in relation to yield. The smaller the amount of nutrients and proteins we use to produce food, the more sustainable it will become.
Compared with other meat production based on concentrated feed, salmon farming provides a very effective utilisation of the energy and protein in the feed. Most is converted into pure meat.
From a global perspective, the total consumption of feed for farmed salmon is marginal in relation to other meat production.
THE OCEANS ARE UNDEREXPLOITED
We currently obtain less than 5% of our food from the oceans that cover over 70% of the planet's surface. Mapping of the marine environment and the opportunities it can provide as a future food store has only just begun. Moreover, aquaculture can grow without occupying much space on land.
AQUACULTURE CAN SHOW THE WAY FORWARD
Impoverished people in the third world must find new sources of food, and the farming of fish species such as pangasius and tilapia is becoming ever more important.
Aquaculture is a renewable source of food and globally, aquaculture has the knowledge, production methods and technology that can be adapted by other farmers and to other forms of food production.