Meeting Asia's huge appetite for fish

Global demand for fish continues to skyrocket, particularly in Asia, in the face of a supply crisis due to over-fishing and climate change. Aquaculture, or fish farming, is projected to be the primary source of fish by 2030.

Global aquaculture production is dominated by Asia, which accounted for 92 per cent of all aquaculture production worldwide. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
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The latest report by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations on world fisheries and aquaculture estimated that 156 million tonnes of fish were eaten as food in 2018. Of these, 82 million tonnes, or 52 per cent, were produced from aquaculture.

Today, each person eats about twice as much fish as 50 years ago on average. Nevertheless, by 2030 fish consumption is expected to jump by another 30 million tonnes due to the expansion of the middle-class.

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