Global fish supply shortage feared by 2030

Manila Bulletin
10 April 2015

The world is facing a fish supply shortage of around 50 million metric tons (MMT) annually by 2030 if governments fail to develop conservation measures and improve inland fishing technologies and resources, Rohana Subasinghe of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of the Rome-based UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) disclosed.

Subasinghe, also the chief of the aquaculture branch of the department’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Resources Use and Conservation Division, made the disclosure during the 4th International Trade and Technical Conference and Exposition on Tilapia held at Seri Kembamngan in Malaysia recently.

In order to obviate the dire consequences of the looming shortage, he said the world needs to improve fisheries management, increase aquaculture growth, reduce fish waste and address climate change.

With the right kind of policy environment, Subasinghe argued that if at least 140 fishing nations will be honest in abiding by international agreements on fisheries control, 30 percent of the world’s wild-capture fisheries can still be improved.

He revealed that what is worse about the 2030 projection is that the deficit will hit all six continents, with the worst figure expected in Asia, which is expected to provide a fish supply of 156.5 MMT in 2030 against the demand of 186.3 MMT, for a deficit of 29.8 MMT, the biggest worldwide.

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