Ocean fish numbers on ‘brink of collapse,’ WWF reports

Ocean fish numbers on ‘brink of collapse,’ WWF reports

The amount of fish in the oceans has halved since 1970, in a plunge to the “brink of collapse” caused by over-fishing and other threats, the WWF conservation group said on Wednesday.

Populations of some commercial fish stocks, such as a group including tuna, mackerel and bonito, had fallen by almost 75 per cent, according to a study by the WWF and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

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Kate Humble: Aquaponics is the answer to our growing food crisis

Kate Humble: Aquaponics is the answer to our growing food crisis

A collective “ooh” went up as the condensation cleared from a new 12 x 7 metre structure to reveal the UK’s first aquaponic solar greenhouse, in the perhaps unlikely environs of Kate Humble’s 117-acre ex-council farm in Monmouthshire, Wales.

This is a greenhouse with a surprising wow factor. Inside, you can make out the blue of the fish tanks containing male tilapia (a species chosen as they grow rapidly to harvest size and as one of yesterday’s visitors put it “taste lovely on a barbecue”) and the raised beds full of fledgling vegetable crops. Of course, there is also much that you can’t see – which is rather the point with a closed-loop food production system that needs little interference; the vegetable beds fill and drain, twice an hour, sustained by nutrient-rich water from the fish tanks.

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The State of World Fisheries Aquaculture 2014

The State of World Fisheries Aquaculture 2014

More people than ever before rely on fisheries and aquaculture for food and as a source of income, but harmful practices and poor management threaten the sector’s sustainability, says a new FAO report published today. According to the latest edition of FAO’s The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture, global fisheries and aquaculture production totalled 158 million tonnes in 2012 – around 10 million tonnes more than 2010. Source.

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Professor Soontorn Pipithsangchan

Professor Soontorn Pipithsangchan

World renowned Professor Soontorn Pipithsangchan joins our Scientific advisory board.

Professor Pipithsangchan was born and educated in Thailand and holds a BSc. in Agriculture awarded by the Kasetsart University, Bangkok, an MSc. in Entomology awarded by the Kasetsart University, Bangkok and a Ph.D in Insecticide Toxicology awarded by the University of Los Banos in the Philippines.

His knowledge and expertise has been utilised by students, farmers and large corporations across S.E. Asia, Africa, Bangladesh and the Middle East.

Professor Pipithsangchan has a wide range of expertise in the design, planning, construction and management of hydroponic systems in S.E Asia.

His primary objective is sustainable food production using alternative and eco-friendly farming methods.

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Masdar’s Project Will Boost Aquaculture Industry

Masdar’s Project Will Boost Aquaculture Industry

The world’s first research facility to grow both food and fuel, using desert lands irrigated by seawater, began operations on Sunday on a 2-hectare site in Masdar City in Abu Dhabi.

The facility, operated by Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, is funded by the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), a group advancing the aviation industry’s commitment to reduce its carbon emissions by developing a clean, sustainable and alternative fuel supply.

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Fish Farming Becomes Bigger Business Than the Open Sea

Fish Farming Becomes Bigger Business Than the Open Sea

For the first time, the world is eating more fish from farms than from the open sea, spurring billions of dollars of takeovers as one of the largest food companies seeks to capitalize on rising demand.

Fish consumption is growing at a faster pace than beef, pork and poultry, driven by an expanding, increasingly prosperous global population that recognizes the health benefits of eating seafood.

Demand is forecast by the United Nations to outstrip supply in coming years. Wild fish aren’t going to fill the gap, and that leaves farming in lakes and coastal waters — also known as aquaculture — to make up the shortfall.

Full report and video on Bloomberg.

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Aquaponics, An Aid For Food Security in The Arab Countries

An interesting article published in Arab World Agribusiness Magazine stresses the important role aquaponics can play in Arab countries by providing an accessible and sustainable system for food production.

In the report, entitled Aquaponics: An Integrated Fish and Crops Production: A Food Security Booster for Arab Countries, Fisheries Development consultant Izzat Feidi says that almost all Arab countries need to import food to supplement local production of fish and crops to meet domestic demand. He states that although the extent of this trade in food varies by country, the overall balance is negative at the moment.

This negative balance of trade indicates a large gap between exports and imports that need to be narrowed to help overcome weaknesses in the overall standing of national economies.

In the view of the current global drop in oil prices and the need for the diversification of the national economies, Arab countries face new challenges.

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