The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) launched the 2022 edition of SOFIA on Wednesday, 28th June: The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture, a biennial report analysing the state of world stocks and trends in fisheries and aquaculture at a global and regional level.
The report notes that in 2020, aquaculture growth caused total fishery and aquaculture production to reach an all-time high of 214 million tons. It also forecasts that total aquatic animal production will reach 202 million tons by 2030.
In the face of the continued growth of aquaculture, FAO argues that transformative changes are needed to make the fisheries and aquaculture sector more inclusive, equitable and sustainable. To achieve this goal, a “blue transformation” in the way aquatic foods are produced, managed, marketed and consumed is essential.