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United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization issues new aquaculture report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 1, 2011

Aquaculture is the world's fastest-growing source of animal protein and currently provides nearly half of all fish consumed globally, according to a new report published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The report, World Aquaculture 2010 , found that global production of fish from aquaculture grew more than 60 percent between 2000 and 2008, from 32.4 million tons to 52.5 million tons. It also forecasts that by 2012 more than 50 percent of the world's food fish consumption will come from aquaculture. The full report, together with regional reviews presented at Global Aquaculture Conference held in Phuket, Thailand in 2010 can be found on the  conference website .