Fisheries experts on Thursday said that Filipino small-scale fishermen and fish pen owners should learn how to manage risks effectively to reduce the negative impacts of aquaculture on their fishes and on the environment.
Stephen Hall, director-general of the Worldfish, said Filipino fisherfolk share the same set of challenges as other small-scale farmers everywhere. Fishermen have to grapple with unhealthy fish stocks, climate change, and pollution from fish farms.
We wanted to share this response to “Scaling up: Vietnamese fish farms search for eco-friendly formula,” Sam Eaton’s “Food for 9 Billion” story that aired July 23 on American Public Media’s Marketplace. It comes from Stephen Hall, director general of the WorldFish Center, an international nonprofit research organization that's dedicated to “reducing poverty and hunger by improving fisheries and aquaculture:”
The Bangladeshi floodplains, which stretch out from the Padma, Jamuna and Meghna Rivers, are the lifeblood of communities throughout the densely-populated nation. Bangladesh has a turbulent tropical climate that brings annual monsoons as well as tropical cyclones that occasionally devastate the region. The increased variability and unpredictability of weather patterns threatens to make life on the Bangladeshi waterways more precarious than ever before. The FAO-NAPA Climate Change Adaptation Concept Note Development project is a step towards increasing resilience and reducing the vulnerability of Bangladeshi fisheries and the aquaculture sector to climate change.
The 10th International Seafood Summit is an annual event bringing together global representatives from the seafood industry and conservation community for in-depth discussions, presentations and networking around the issue of sustainable seafood. The Summit is taking place September 6 – 8 at the Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong. The goal of the Summit is to foster dialogue and partnerships that lead to a seafood marketplace that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.
Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing food production sectors in the world, with Asia supplying 90% of aquaculture production in 2010. The potential of aquaculture to strengthen global food security is a topic of increasing importance as the world moves towards a population of 9 billion people.