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Prospects for Fisheries and Aquaculture

  • 'Feeding an expected global population of 9 billion by 2050 is a daunting challenge that is engaging researchers, technical experts, and leaders the world over’. 
  • Seafood can play a major role in satisfying the palates of the world’s growing middle-income group while also meeting the food security needs of the poorest. [FISH TO 2030]

 Development of aquaculture and beyond

  • Aquaculture has grown at an impressive rate over the past decades. It has helped to produce more food, kept the overall price of seafood down, and made seafood more accessible to consumers around the world. 
  • During the last three decades, world aquaculture production increased  from 5 million to 63 million tons (FishStat). 
  • That’s why greater investment is needed in the industry for new and safer technologies, their adaptation to local conditions, and their adoption in appropriate settings. 

 Motivation

  • MatureDevelopment invests in the aquaculture industry - for new and safer technologies, their adaptation to local conditions, and their adoption in appropriate settings.
  • Aquaculture is the fastest‐growinganimal production sector, and shrimp production already exceeds that of the capture fishery. 
  • Viruses and bacteria account for the majority of disease losses for shrimp farmers. Viral pandemics in the mid 1990s and, more recently, a bacterial pandemic from 2009 to 2015 have led to the conclusion that future, sustainable shrimp aquaculture will depend on the development of more efficientbio secure production facilitiesthat cultivate specific pathogen‐free shrimp, genetically improved for growth and disease tolerance or resistance.
  • Major requirements for development, maintenance, and use of stocks in aquaculture are effective pathogen surveillance and disease preventionmethods. 
  • When protective measures fail and diseases occur in production ponds, there are currently only a few approved and practical therapeutic methods available for use with bacterial pathogens and none so far for viral pathogens. To improve existing methods of prevention and therapy and to develop new ones, research is being carried out on the nature of shrimp–pathogen interactions.
  • Promising resultshave been obtained at the laboratory levelfor possible applications involving the use of immunostimulantsfor “immune priming” or “trained immunity” of RNA interference and of endogenous viral elements. 
  • Supplying seafood sustainably-producing without damaging the precious aquatic environment-is a huge challenge. 
  • We continue to see excessive and irresponsibleoperations in aquaculture. 
  • Disease outbreaks, among other things, have heavily impacted production, recently with Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) in shrimp in Asia and America
  • In common and classic seafood aquaculture, species, water quality, nutrition and diseases are important parameters for business governance.
  • In our experience and vision the enormous and increasing global demandfor seafood (proteins), human food, pushes the farming companies to and over the edges of the ecosystems. 
  • Without system control approaches, the business is extreme vulnerable for failures. Without extending the governance to society system even business and society is extreme vulnerable for 'failures’. 
  • In the global shrimp farming...

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