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Aquaculture Perspectives: Global aquaculture production reaches new heights

by Bill Manci

New numbers released recently by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) point to unrelenting progress in the growth of aquaculture production around the world.

SH-ManciThat’s the good news.

These data emerge amidst what seems to be (at least to me) an accelerating pattern of climate extremes.

Drought in California, floods in my home state of Colorado, more frequent El Niño and La Niña events in the Pacific Ocean, monster typhoons and hurricanes, and continued loss of ice at both poles.

As the climate warms, there is more energy to fuel these extreme events.  The “new normal” may be rather unwelcomed.

As most of us know, yield from wild fisheries is stuck in neutral – about 91.3 million metric tons in the year 2012, which is actually down a bit from the previous year of about 93.7 million metric tons, according to FAO.


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