The demand for blue foods, which are sourced from oceans, seas, rivers, and lakes, is expected to double by 2050, and aquaculture production will play a crucial role in meeting this demand.
The Aquaculture Stewardship Council and the Blue Food Partnership’s Road to Sustainable Aquaculture report show how aquaculture can contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals beyond SDG 14.
However, to ensure that aquaculture becomes more sustainable and climate-friendly, stakeholder partnerships need to be developed.
The Global Sustainable Aquaculture Roadmap identifies four key pathways for sustainable aquaculture:
- responsible production,
- improving livelihoods,
- healthy consumption,
- and creating an enabling environment.
Stakeholder partnerships can incentivize and enforce more responsible and inclusive practices, stimulate investment, and support innovations and platforms for data sharing that demonstrate models for sustainable growth. The roadmap’s pathways can apply to unique circumstances, and investments in blended finance and smart technology are also crucial.