Kofi Annan congratulated the industry on its efforts towards sustainability at AquaVision 2012. (Photo: AquaVision)
Kofi Annan highlights aquaculture potential as a source of food
Thursday, June 21, 2012, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
Twice Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) and active ambassador Kofi Annan recently spoke at AquaVision 2012 to endorse the aquaculture industry. The conference was organised by Nutreco and its global fish feed company Skretting in Stavanger, Norway.
Annan spoke about the great potential for aquaculture growth to help feed the growing global population. He also asked the major aquaculture companies to look beyond their bottom line and share knowledge and partner with the small fish farmers in developing countries, as fish farming’s success in feeding the world’s burgeoning population is contingent on this partnership and helping small operators export their products.
|Aquaculture farm. (Photo: Skretting)
He added that aquaculture also needs the assistance of governments and the support of society to keep advancing and be able to feed the currently 7 billion people, which will turn to 9 billion come 2050.
"Meeting tomorrow today is the theme we chose for AquaVision 2012,” Knut Nesse, Nutreco COO Aquaculture and soon to be Nutreco CEO said. “If we are to feed the world of tomorrow with healthy nutritious food, including fish and the other products of aquaculture such as shrimp, we must succeed."
Annan congratulated the industry for its work toward sustainability.
"I do not ask you to change direction, but I ask you to accelerate progress. We need to work together if we are to overcome world hunger," he stated.
Assistant Director General at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Árni Mathiesen described the emerging food security challenges in light of the growing world population and rising incomes. Delegates were told that aquaculture has the potential to feed 500 million more people – a great
opportunity for aquaculture because it corresponds with the preferences of middle class consumers for high standards of food safety and quality, coupled with environmental responsibility.
|Dr Alex Obach, managing director of ARC. (Photo: AquaVision)
Dr Alex Obach, managing director of Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre (ARC) described the centre’s advances.
MicroBalance(TM) technology, Obach explained, is enabling Skretting to lower levels of fishmeal in feed for several species including shrimp. Equivalent developments have already resulted in notable reductions in fish oil contents of the feed and there is potential to go further.
"These are excellent and sustainable raw materials but the supply is limited. We need to identify alternatives for aquaculture to expand," Obach commented.
This innovation includes finding new sources for the polyunsaturated fatty acids EPA and DHA and optimising their retention in seafood.
By Natalia Real