Global demand for fish is rising, but there are limited possibilities of increasing production from capture fisheries. Aquaculture now provides more than 50% of the global supply of fisheries products for direct human consumption.
In this context, the aquaculture sector is seen as an increasingly important supplier of healthy, high quality seafood.
However, the development of the aquaculture sector can often meet with obstacles, constraints and economic, environmental and social implications - new technology, access to land and water, environmental impact and the availability of suitable sites, for instance.
The focus of the OECD project on aquaculture is to examine the policy challenges that governments face in ensuring that the aquaculture sector can continue to grow in a competitive and sustainable manner.
||Advancing the Aquaculture Agenda: Workshop Proceedings
Given stagnating capture fisheries and a growing demand for seafood, driven by demographics and changing consumption patterns, aquaculture is likely to become more important for food security.
At a 2010 OECD workshop, policy makers, academics, industry representatives, NGOs and international organisations gathered to discuss the economic, environmental and social implications of aquaculture. This publication presents a selection of key issues discussed at that workshop, including country case studies which provide specific examples of national approaches to aquaculture management.
- Workshop on Advancing the Aquaculture Agenda, April 2010
This OECD workshop examined policy challenges that OECD governments face in aquaculture development. It brought together policy makers, technical experts and representatives of international organisations, the private sector and NGOs.