How aquaculture can help shore up Africa’s fish stocks

August 21, 2014 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Aquaculture News

Fish has long been a prime food source for sub-Saharan Africa, but years of over-fishing have left the continent with a growing gap between the amount of fish that can be harvested and the needs of its burgeoning population.

That’s where aquaculture comes in, says marine ecologist Malcolm Beveridge, who has spent years working to help boost African fish supplies through WorldFish, an international nonprofit research organization dedicated to achieving large-scale, sustainable access to fish for poor consumers in developing countries.Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 10.39.12

Beveridge says he doesn’t have to look far to see how African nations could benefit from adopting and expanding local aquaculture facilities: Egypt has been an aquaculture success story, annually producing close to a million tons of farmed fish including tilapia, mullet and carp.

After unused public marshland near the Nile Delta was identified for fish farming in the 1990s, farmed fish very quickly became abundant and affordable. WorldFish has been a strategic partner with Egypt in the effort, helping the nation take advantage of its existing agricultural production infrastructure.

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