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Farmed fish counts for half of fish consumed in the world!

Posted in Comment,Food Trends,Foodservice Footprint news,International,News,Sustainability,Sustainable Sourcing by foodservicefootprint on September 27, 2009
envirofinfish.org

envirofinfish.org

According to a Stanford University study, half of fish consumed around the world is now farmed!

Farm fish production has almost trebled between 1995 and 2007, driven by a massive rise in consumer demand for Omega – 3 fatty acids.

In order to enhance the growth and flavour of farmed fish, fish farms use large quantities of fishmeal and fish oil made from less valuable wild caught species.

This, however is putting a strain on the marine system. In 2006, 20 million metric tons of wild fish were caught to produce fishmeal. It is suggested that it takes 5 pounds of wild fish to produce 1 pound of salmon.

All we hope is that foodservice’s growing enlightenment is having and effect in leveraging the growth of farmed fish driven by domestic demand.

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