World Fish Supply and Demand

The United Nations estimates that the world’s population will soon top seven billion people. With this growth comes the need to feed more and more people.  The wild fishery isn’t able to meet this demand due to a decreasing global catch.  Here in British Columbia, Canada, there’s a similar trend towards lower commercial catch rates. As a result, consumers are looking towards aquaculture to provide healthy food choices and a product that is available year round.

The Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization details in its 2008 The State of the World’s Fisheries and Aquaculture that “… Overall, fish provided more than 2.9 billion people with at least 15 percent of their average per capita animal protein intake.”

The global demand for healthy food is increasing and aquaculture is a key factor in keeping people fed.