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The importance of Aquaculture in the 21st Century

A new report published by the FAO stipulates that aquaculture is the fastest-growing animal producing sector, accounting for nearly half (46%) of the world's food fish consumption, forecasted to surpass 50% by the end of this year.

One of the key findings of the report, entitled World Aquaculture 2010, was that between 2000 and 2008, global fish production grew from 32.4 million tonnes to 52.5 million tonnes (a huge 60% increase).

Although it is unsurprising that the Asia-Pacific region accounts for a significant proportion of global production (89%), the report does acknowledge the considerable R&D conducted being throughout Europe in improving the efficiency of farming operations that ultimately result in a better-quality of fish for the consumer.

For further details, the report can be accessed through this link.

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