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.
Reflections from Stephen Hall, Director-General, WorldFish in response to Sam Eaton’s Scaling up: Vietnamese fish farms search for eco-friendly formula. Originally published on Center for Investigative Reporting blog, As aquaculture booms, make room for small fish. Sam Eaton presents a great picture of how catfish culture has evolved in Vietnam. His story illustrates well the opportunity and challenge faced by the global aquaculture industry. The opportunity lies in the fact that fish farming is the only means for meeting the world’s growing demand for fish. The challenge is that meeting that demand will require careful attention to ensure that farms are well-managed to minimize impact on the environment and maintain profitability.