11 July 2018, Rome, Italy - Gareth Johnstone, Director General WorldFish, left, and Arni Mathiesen, Assistant Director General, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, FAO. Signing ceremony of an MoU between FAO and the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (WorldFish). COFI 2018 - Committee on Fisheries, 33rd Session, 9-13 July 2018. FAO headquarters (Canada room).
A new understanding between WorldFish and FAO will combat hunger and improve livelihoods by promoting the impact of fisheries and aquaculture research.
A recent paper stating that farmed shrimp has a ‘jumbo’ carbon footprint is an overestimate, say WorldFish and partner researchers, largely because it fails to account for the greatly reduced competition between shrimp farms and mangrove forests as well as an increased recognition of the value of mangroves.
Climate change threatens the productivity of fisheries, and the livelihoods of many dependent communities. Fish producing countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America face challenges from a changing climate, but Africa is especially at risk, with fourteen of the world’s 20 most vulnerable countries found within the continent.