The global population is expected to reach 9.7 billion people by 2050 and will require record levels of food production. At the rate we’re going, traditional agriculture and wild fish are no longer a long-term solution to meet the growing demand.
As industries scramble to find sustainable solutions to feeding the growing populations, Norway’s seafood industry believes aquaculture can help. The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization agrees that aquaculture holds a crucial role in meeting the world’s demand for seafood.
Currently, 17 percent of the protein people eat comes from the sea, but demand is set to rise by 40 percent by 2050. In 2014, aquaculture (70 million metric tons) exceeded fisheries production (65 million metric tons) for the first time in history, according to the FAO. The World Bank estimates that by 2030, two-thirds of seafood consumed will be farm-raised.
By working with the vast the resources of the sea in a sustainable and environmentally conscious way, Norwegian fish farming can provide a reliable source of healthy protein for the world’s growing population. Since pioneering responsible salmon farming, Norway has led the world in high-quality food safety management and accountability, leveraging the skills and expertise of researchers, marine biologists and dedicated fish farmers. However, Norway’s biggest asset remains its cold, clear waters and more than 51,500 miles of coastline, which allows it to farm salmon year-round.
Norway is a nation built on seafood. Aquaculture has long been the center of its local livelihood and culture. For generations, Norwegians have shared a deep connection to the sea and the fish farmers who have devoted their lives to providing high-quality sustainable seafood. As the second-largest exporter of seafood, supplying more than 150 countries worldwide, Norway understands the importance of safeguarding the environment and fish stocks, not only to continue to support its local communities and culture, but also to be a sustainable industry that provides meals worldwide for generations to come.