Can you believe it? We live in a time of rapid decline, half of the fish are on the break of extinction our coral-reefs are dying. All around the world the fishery industry is in troubled water, small fisheries around the coasts of the worlds find it hard to catch any fish. But Japan and Asia are talking how to expand there fishing industry to sustain the food-supplies for a growing asian community.
With their countries major suppliers of fishery products, representatives from Asean member states and Japan will gather in Bangkok next year to map out measures for developing the industry and ensuring food security and safety in a constantly changing environment.
Negative factors such as climate change, ageing populations, natural disasters and the financial crunch could all affect food supply in the world market and trading competency, Suriyan Vichitlekarn, assistant director and head of the Agriculture Industries and Natural Resource Division of the Asean Secretariat, said yesterday.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the world population will increase from 6.2 billion last year to 9 billion in 2050. This will clearly mean an enormous rise in food consumption.