Thursday, 11 June 2015

CAN FARMED FISH MEET THE WORLD'S APPETITE FOR SEAFOOD?

With increasing pressure on global fish stocks, is farming fish the best way to meet the growing global appetite for protein?
Norwegian Knut Magnus Persson doesn't travel far to get to work. He steps out of his home on the island of Sotra, perched on the western coast of Norway, and forages straight from the sea.
Knut dives for scallops, crabs and even seaweed, which he supplies to just a few customers. He also makes a living from farming shellfish in the clear waters of the Norwegian fjord which he lives next to with his young family.

His nine-year-old daughter is following in his footsteps - putting out crab pots and then selling what she catches to the chef of a restaurant in nearby Bergen.

A generation ago Knut's way of life would not have been unusual, but declines in wild fish stocks and the rise of fish farming are changing the fishing industry here in Norway as in many other coastal nations.
And here the delicate balance between meeting mass market demand and supporting livelihoods seems to be working.
So could the Norwegian model of carefully controlling wild fishing, while expanding fish farming, be one other countries should follow?
The amount of wild fish we can get from the sea is limited - 90% of the world's wild fish stocks are already at capacity or over-fished. Yet demand for seafood is forecast to increase.
Norway is among the countries embracing aquaculture and is the world's leading producer of farmed Atlantic salmon.



Henry J Williams

Author & Editor

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