FAO’s The State Of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2014 Focuses on Food Security for the FutureCatch of the Week
This annual report is considered a valuable reference tool to enhance and encourage understanding of the vital role that fisheries and aquaculture play in achieving a food-secure and sustainable future.
Published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) 2014 highlights the significant role that fisheries and aquaculture plays in eliminating hunger, promoting health and reducing poverty. Never before have people consumed so much fish or depended so greatly on the sector for their well-being. Fish is extremely nutritious – a vital source of protein and essential nutrients, especially for many poorer members of the global community.
Global fish production continues to outpace world population growth, and aquaculture remains one of the fastest-growing food producing sectors. In 2012, aquaculture set another all-time production high and now provides almost half of all fish for human food. This share is projected to rise by 62% by 2030 as catches from wild capture fisheries level off and demand from an emerging middle class substantially increases. If responsibly developed and practiced, aquaculture can generate lasting benefits for global food security and economic growth.
The fisheries and aquaculture sector is facing major challenges, ranging from the scourge of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing to harmful fishing practices, to wastage, to poor governance. These can all be overcome with greater political will, strategic partnerships, and fuller engagement with civil society and the private sector.
The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) is the flagship publication of the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department. This premier advocacy document is published every two years to provide policy-makers, civil society and those whose livelihoods depend on the sector a comprehensive, objective and global view of capture fisheries and aquaculture, including associated policy issues.
In collaboration with the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, GreenFacts has prepared summary digests of the world review of fisheries and aquaculture (http://www.greenfacts.org/en/fisheries/index.htm) from SOFIA 2008.