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Canada strengthens its aquaculture production in the future

December 16, 2016

Translated from Spanish:

8/16/2016 9:50:01 BUSINESS
By Olga Ojeda Lajud
Comox Valley, British Columbia, Canada, Aug 16 (Notimex) .- Considered one of the forms of future world food, aquaculture has become one of the greatest strengths in British Colombia, in western Canada.

Canada already offers a range of about 100 species of crustaceans, fish and marine plants cultivated in special farms, which reduce the gap between limited natural resources and the demand of the world population.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) defines aquaculture as the activity focused on the farming of aquatic organisms in coastal and inland areas, involving intervention in the rearing process to enhance production.

It is considered one of the most developed economic activities accounting for almost 50 percent of world fishery products for food.

The west coast of Canada has significantly developed these mariculture and therefore is home to one of the most important festivals of aquaculture to do business, make innovations, industry leaders, suppliers and international representatives throughout North America and Europe.

Although Asian countries, led by China, India and Vietnam are the largest aquaculture producers in the world, the North American area has historical growth in recent years and has achieved a strong presence in global markets.

Therefore, recently, the so-called BC Shellfish and Food Festival was held in the Comox Valley, one of the regions of the west coast with strong presence of farmers, and brought together 30 leading research fields, development, business and government representatives and experts in innovation and mobilization of knowledge among institutions.

According to FAO, aquaculture established a record high production and now provides nearly half of sea food that is intended for human consumption. FAO estimates that ratio will increase 62 percent by 2030.

To date, almost 567 aquatic species cultivated worldwide. 80 percent of total production derived from animals such as omnivores and herbivores fish and shellfish.