Advancing the Aquaculture Agenda Workshop Proceedings: Workshop Proceedings
OECD Publishing, Sep 13, 2010 - 428 pages
Aquaculture now provides more than 50% of the global supply of fisheries products for direct human consumption. This conference proceedings addresses key policy challenges of the aquaculture sector. Policy makers, academics, industry representatives, NGOs and international organisations gathered to discuss the critical economic, environmental and social aspects of aquaculture. This publication presents a selection of key issues covered by the workshop and includes a large number of country case studies, which provide specific examples of national approaches to aquaculture management.
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This meeting, largely unknown in the US as it was not included in policy discussions at NOAA in general or NOAA Aquaculture in particular, was the benchmark for the rest of the G-12 to recognize as the tipping point for domestic aquaculture production for domestic seafood security and international seafood trade security. Christine Schroeder points out that aquaculture product, now > 55% of world seafood production is not controlled under WTO rules and in fact is specifically excluded; agriculture products are covered, fisheries products are covered. The issue of sustainable aquaculture solutions for domestic production sufficient to address the coming estimated 200 thousand metric ton shortfall in animal protein for world populations by some time in the next 20-30 years is addressed. What is not addressed is that the population it was based on was 9 billion people and the current estimate is 10.6 billion. This meeting document should be required reading in all of the G-12 countries, their Think Tanks and University Schools of Public Policy.
Peter Becker Ph.D.
Pacific Aquaculture Caucus Inc.