Earth Science News  





.
WATER WORLD
Fish consumption at all time high, says UN agency

by Staff Writers
Rome (AFP) Jan 31, 2011
Fish consumption reached record levels in 2010 and world stocks need to be urgently rebuilt, experts at the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation said in a report Monday.

"The contribution of fish to global diets has reached a record of almost 17 kg per person on average, supplying over three billion people with at least 15 percent of their average animal protein intake," the FAO's report said.

The 'State of the World's Fisheries and Aquaculture' report, published at the FAO's Rome headquarters, said the increase was due mainly to a surge in fish farming, predicting that the number of fish which are bred for consumption was set to overtake those caught by fishermen.

Overall, fisheries and aquaculture support the livelihoods of an estimated 540 million people, or eight percent of the world population, the agency said.

"The status of global fish stocks has not improved," the report said, adding that people have never eaten as much fish and more people than ever are employed in or depend on the sector.

"That there has been no improvement in the status of stocks is a matter of great concern," said senior FAO fisheries expert Richard Grainger, one of the report's editors.

"Fish is a good quality and high protein food and the sector contributes in an important way to world food security," he said.

"The percentage of overexploitation needs to go down although at least we seem to be reaching a plateau," he added.

The report explores the growing legal efforts to enforce tighter controls on the fisheries sector, revealing that a recent study estimates the cost of illegal and unreported fishing alone at $10-23.5 billion per year.

Among other tactics, the FAO report flags up debates surrounding trade measures meant to block entry of such fish and fish products from international trade, and a proposed global record of fishing vessels.

The record would assign a unique vessel identifier to each vessel that would remain constant regardless of ownership or flag changes over time and make it easier to police vessels engaged in illegal fishing activities, it said.




Share This Article With Planet Earth
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook



Related Links
Water News - Science, Technology and Politics



Tempur-Pedic Mattress Comparison

Newsletters :: SpaceDaily Express :: SpaceWar Express :: TerraDaily Express :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News
WATER WORLD
Thailand closes dive spots due to reef damage
Bangkok (AFP) Jan 21, 2011
Thailand has closed a host of popular dive sites to tourists indefinitely to allow coral reefs to recover from widespread bleaching caused by warmer sea temperatures, authorities said Friday. In total 18 areas in seven marine parks are off-limits, according to an order by the Thai National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department. "Diving in all the spots is to be halted indefini ... read more

.
Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
  


WATER WORLD
Study: Pakistan floods were predictable

Better study of disaster causes urged

Australia flags taxpayer levy for floods

Clinton visits quake-hit Haiti as new vote looms

WATER WORLD
Google offers Street View art gallery tours

Murdoch's iPad newspaper launches Wednesday

Mobile 'apps' to be $58 billion market: study

Electronic Arts sees bright digital future despite loss

WATER WORLD
Brazil going ahead with 'monster dam'

Precise Way To Monitor Ocean Wave Behavior And Shore Impacts

Study Finds Common Ground For Ecosystems And Fishing In Northwest Mexico

Fish consumption at all time high, says UN agency

WATER WORLD
VIMS Team Glides Into Polar Research

'Hidden Plumbing' Helps Slow Greenland Ice Flow

Study alters Greenland glacier melt view

Scientists Find That Debris On Certain Himalayan Glaciers May Prevent Melting

WATER WORLD
India's crops affected by erratic climate

Plant gene work could benefit food crops

China goes rabbit-crazy for Lunar New Year

Notre Dame Biologists Call For Regulation Of Rare Plant Sales

WATER WORLD
Hundreds evacuate as Japan volcano erupts

Australia dodges cyclone 'bullet', but worse feared

Australia cyclone upgraded to top threat level

Japan volcano blast smashes windows

WATER WORLD
China says Sudan referendum a step towards peace

Sudan recognises landslide vote for indepedent south

Nigeria religious war boosts poll tensions

North Africa faces 'demographic tsunami': Bildt

WATER WORLD
Mathematical Model Explains How Complex Societies Emerge And Collapse

Modern Humans Reached Arabia Earlier Than Thought

Date of humans out of Africa pushed back

Indonesia arrests suspect in asylum deaths


The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement