The world’s population is growing, rapidly fueling the demand for more food. As food producers struggle to keep up, the delicate ecosystems we all depend on are under increasing pressure. This is especially true of our oceans.
According to the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO), wild fisheries alone can no longer keep up with demand. In response, we have seen aquaculture growing at an impressive rate since the 1970’s. It has helped to produce more food, kept the overall price of fish down, and made fish and seafood more accessible to consumers around the world. In fact, aquaculture is recognized as the only sustainable means of increasing the seafood supply to meet the food needs of the world’s growing population.
Already today, aquaculture contributes approximately half of the global fishery output for human consumption. That trend is expected to increase. By 2030, it’s estimated that production of many tropical species, such as pangasius, tilapia, and barramundi, will need to double to satisfy the global demand for seafood.
In light of this growth, it’s important to remember that aquaculture in and of itself is not eco-friendly. While there is little doubt that aquaculture will grow, the variable in this equation is whether it will grow in a manner that is sustainable, safe, and ethical. That is where Vinh Hoan hopes to contribute.