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WORLD FISH PRODUCTION ATTAINS SUSTAINABLE LIMIT AS NIGERIA SUFFERS LOW PRODUCTION OF FISH – FAO

Written By AGRICULTURAL GIST on Monday, 11 July 2016 | Monday, July 11, 2016

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       It has been that about 90% of the world’s marine stocks now fully or over fished and a 17 % increase in production forecast by 2025, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says that the world is on course to attaining global fish sustainable limits. According to the UN FAO biannual report titled “‘The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2016”,’ over exploitation of the planet’s
fish has more than tripled since the 1970s with 40 percent of popular species such as tuna now caught unsustainably. It is important to note that despite the sustainable limit and increased in production attained at the global level, countries like Nigeria still suffer from low supply because of the impact of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Nigeria’s per capita fish consumption of 11kg is generally considered low, despite its abundant aquatic natural resources. Hence, the country relies heavily on importation of fish. In an interview, Manual Barange, UN FAO’s fisheries director, noted that rates of overfishing activities put at about 60 percent in the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions were “particularly worrying. “There is an absolute limit to what we can extract from the sea and it is possibly very close to current production levels, which have stabilized over the last few years. They have grown a little in recent years but we don’t expect much more growth because of the rampant increase in aquaculture production.” For the first time, aquaculture is projected to overtake wild-caught fish as the source of most fish consumption in 2021. Increase in aquaculture activities is seen to be benefiting employment creation, trade and healthy diets in emerging economies with global per capita fish consumption estimated at a record 20kg. “My personal view is that it is quite momentous to have reached this level of production. In the struggle to make sure we have enough food to feed more than 9 billion people in 2050, any source of nutrients and micro nutrients is welcome,” Barange said. Fishery trade, said UN FAO, represents a significant source of foreign currency earnings for many developing countries, in addition to its important role in income generation, employment, food security and nutrition.

Source businessday

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