Every year over 100 million tonnes of aquaculture products (including fish, shellfish and seaweeds) worth more than $243 billion are produced globally. The supply of farmed fish for people to eat now surpasses that of wild caught throughout the world.
Through Aquaculture our oceans, seas and inland waters can help provide food security for a growing global population. To do this however, it’s estimated that Aquaculture will need to more than double by 2050, if it’s to meet projected global demands.
At Seafish, we have profiled the most important farmed species to the UK market in an easy to use tool to help support responsible souring policies and practices in the farmed seafood industry.
Each Aquaculture Profile contains up to date information on production and cultivation methods, governance and outlook, and lists the key environmental considerations alongside the strategies used by industry to mitigate and manage the risks associated with production.
Aquaculture certification and labelling programmes have become a primary tool to address sustainability issues of farmed seafood and as such our profiles also feature a section on this important industry aspect.
This resource has been developed by Seafish with support from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and with input and guidance from aquaculture industry experts including the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS).