With increasing global demand for fish and other aquatic foods, aquaculture production has leapt from 3.2% of global fisheries and aquaculture production in 1950 to 47% in 2016. Combined global fisheries and aquaculture production is now 171 million tonnes.
ICES recognises the dramatic growth of aquaculture and its important influence on the food system, society and the environment. We are expanding its work on science and advisory topics contributing to the sustainable development of aquaculture, to support emerging needs in member countries and beyond.
Issues being addressed include:
These challenges are tackled by a growing portfolio of our expert groups supported by the Aquaculture Steering Group.