Yesterday June 29, at the UN Ocean Conference, the FAO launched the report “The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022”.
The key messages of the report are the following:
- Global fisheries and aquaculture production is at a record high and the sector will play an increasingly important role in providing food and nutrition in the future.
- Aquaculture has great potential to feed and nourish the world’s growing population. But growth must be sustainable.
- The world’s consumption of aquatic foods has increased significantly in recent years and will continue to rise.
- Fishery resources continue to decline due to overfishing, pollution, poor management and other factors, but the number of landings from biologically sustainable stocks is on the rise.
- Reduction of the global fishing fleet size continues, but more needs to be done to minimize overcapacity and ensure sustainability in fishing operations.
- Aquatic animal production is forecast to grow another 14 percent by 2030. It is vital this growth goes hand in hand with safeguarding ecosystems, reducing pollution, protecting biodiversity and ensuring social equity.
- Millions of lives and livelihoods are supported by aquatic food systems. Yet, many small-scale producers, especially women, are vulnerable with precarious working conditions. Building their resilience is key to sustainability and equitable development.
- Aquatic food systems are a powerful solution. Blue Transformation can meet the twin challenges of food security and environmental sustainability.
- Blue Transformation requires a commitment from the public and private sectors if we are to achieve the United Nations 2030 Agenda, particularly since the COVID-19 pandemic has reversed previously favourable trends.