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While it provides rich habitat for so many known marine animal and plant species, with many more varieties still to be discovered, the ocean also requires very careful protection. A crucial part of this is ensuring that those fish stocks that are caught for direct or indirect human consumption are fished responsibly – within clearly defined sustainable limits.
Global demand for healthy seafood proteins continues to rise at a rapid rate, and with capture fisheries only capable of contributing modest additional volumes, it is up to aquaculture – one of the fastest-growing food production sectors – to meet most of the market’s increasing needs.
The expectation from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is that total fish production will reach 201 million tonnes by 2030, compared with 171 million tonnes in 2016.
To achieve this, the aquaculture harvest will increase from 80 million tonnes to about 110 million tonnes, while capture fisheries production will remain at around 91 million tonnes.
At Skretting, we are committed to providing the platform from which fish and shrimp farmers can elevate their production levels in the most responsible manner possible, and thereby increase both food and economic security. To ensure there is no additional burden placed on the ocean, we continue to invest considerable R&D into the development and application of alternative feed ingredient solutions.
At the same time, with the understanding that by adopting best-practice it is possible to farm seafood in ways that have very little environmental impact, we will work even closer with producers and other stakeholders to implement improvements to farming systems globally and to also safeguard ocean health.