Fish farming promises abundance for food security in Singapore and Asia

In the past, most fish were caught in the wild. However in recent decades, a rapidly growing volume and range of fish have been raised in tanks and ponds on land, or in cages and nets in oceans, lakes and rivers, helping to meet the growing demand for protein. Aquaculture is now a US$100 billion (S$127 billion) industry. Asia has led the way in the production and export of both wild capture and farmed fish, making an increasingly important contribution to the region's food security, while providing expanded employment opportunities and alleviating poverty. South-east Asia accounts for one-quarter of all fish farmed for human consumption in Asia. Worldwide, fisheries support the livelihoods of about 540 million people, or about 8 per cent of the population. But the most striking development has been in fish farming. The latest estimate from the United Nations Food and Agric...

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