Indisputably, China is a major global influencer. Like many other sectors, the current and future dynamics of fisheries and aquaculture are significantly affected by what happens in the country. China’s share of the world’s fish production rose from 6% in 1980 to 35% in 2012. It is also now the world’s top exporter of fish, with 30% of the global export market, and the third largest importer after the United States and Japan. Fish consumption in China has also increased dramatically, from about 5kg/person/year in 1980 to about 35kg in 2010 1.
Dried sardines, Olingan, Dipolog City, Philippines, prior to Yolanda.
I was in the Philippines a day after Yolanda struck working with both staff members and our Board. Our Philippines-based staff gave a presentation about how communities in Leyte, Bohol, and Cebu had identified options for improving their livelihoods and increasing their food security as part of the CGIAR Aquatic Agricultural Systems program. In a somber moment, we all realized that not one of the houses we had seen in the presentation was still standing and, most likely, some of the people we were working with had died.
Expiscor: v. /ek.spi.skɔːr/ – The latin word expiscor means to fish out, to find out, or to discover. It seemed like an appropriate name for this blog, which will offer my personal reflections on fisheries and aquaculture and how research can help improve their role in improving people’s lives.
Aimed at both development professionals and the general reader, each article will tackle a current or controversial topic, that I hope will inform readers and stimulate debate. Please feel free to provide feedback on this web forum or write to me directly firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be about 10 articles per year – all of them written by me, and critiqued by one or more colleagues. I hope you enjoy them and perhaps even find them useful.
Stephen Hall, Director General.
The WorldFish Center