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Thursday, December 8, 2016

09/12/2016: Aquaculture Without Frontiers: Creating new platforms for our beneficiaries

by Clifford Spencer, AwF

The proposed AwF visits to Vietnam and Ethiopia I mentioned in my last report have now taken place and the resultant journey threw up a variety of interesting scenarios for aquaculture.
 
Clifford Spencer

As a sign of this charity’s commitment to its objectives a full five members of the six strong board of AwF visited both countries.

In Vietnam there is already a strongly developed system of aquaculture where the business of farming shrimps and fish is part of life and is strongly embedded in the social fabric of the country.

This contrasts greatly with aquaculture in Europe where it sits within a setting of knowledge and industry ‘silos’ that often compete for public and thus governmental support and acceptance, and in so doing often prevent much needed development.

e.g. water management, environmental regulation, recreational needs in coastal areas, food culture and the advent of fast food and external catering activity to public demand and the supplier requirements for these outlets.

I gave a talk in Vietnam at their annual Vietstock event in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) on the growth, decline and shifts in fish markets in the EU, US, Japan and China and my research for that provided some alarming figures for in particular changing eating habits, resultant food demand and as a consequence food supply and human health.

The switch to Western diets in Japan for instance has significantly reduced its per capita intake of fish due to the influx and growth of western styled red and white meats being promoted in fast food in the market place.


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