Feeding 9 billion people: everyone’s responsibility
The recently concluded TILAPIA 2015 conference organised by INFOFISH emphasised just how far tilapia has come, from a species once perceived as of low-value, to a food fish with seemingly unlimited potential in catering to both the developed and developing worlds.
The discussions also brought to the fore – yet again – concerns on whether the volume of tilapia and other fisheries products obtained from capture and culture fisheries will be sufficient to feed the world’s estimated 9 billion people by the year 2050. In addition to food security, fishing and aquaculture also provide a livelihood for millions throughout the world.
It is incumbent upon all of us – policymakers, researchers, fishers, processors, traders and consumers - to put our heads and efforts together to bring about a situation where communities across the globe have equitable access to quality fisheries products, or at least in enough quantities to ensure their food security and health.
But are we, in the industry, ready to meet this challenge?
Competing for attention are the many problems prevalent in the fisheries sector such as Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing; issues of sustainability of species and raw materials; and improving access to supplies as well as handling and processing facilities. Much of these are driven by economic and big business concerns, which often sidelines the needs of rising numbers of people who live in conditions of inadequate food security.
Now, rather than later, the industry must focus its sustained and concerted efforts on approaches and initiatives to feed the world.
Tailoring a net body - it is a new way of shape cutting section of the body (baiting and belly) of a trawl net. There are several advantages of this desing eg. less drag, reduced water resistance and non-distortion of meshes.
security and nutrition, with a systematic approach across the value chain. We have an obligation to develop and exchange knowledge, experience, and expertise to provide solutions to these pressing needs.