What is Aquaculture?

Mussel farmingAquaculture is the cultivation of aquatic animals and plants.

Do we need aquaculture?

The world’s population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050. Wild sources of marine seafood are increasingly overexploited with some predicting the collapse of certain fish stocks by 2050. Sustainable fishing and aquaculture together could meet the demands of the growing population. At the moment global aquaculture already provides around 50% of the world’s seafood every year. Reducing the amount of animal protein consumed can work for some, for others eating animal protein especially seafood is part of a cultural tradition and/or part of a balanced diet.

Aquaculture in Ireland

Irish aquaculture produced over 47,000 tonnes of seafood, which is the equivalent of 22 MV Dublin Swift ferries! The seafood was worth roughly €200 million. In Ireland salmon, mussels and oysters are the most common species farmed. Other smaller scale cultivation included trout, scallop, abalone, perch and seaweed.

To find out more about aquaculture please look at the Bord Iascaigh Mhara website.