Aquaculture at its most basic is the production of seafood and seafood products using management techniques at some point of the production cycle. The field of aquaculture integrates the biological, chemical and physical sciences to help producers grow a profitable product.
In the year 2000, the total world production of seafood was 125 million tons, which was increased of 16%, or 20 million tons, during the last decade of the twentieth century. The growth rate of world wild-catch (as opposed to aquaculture) seafood production fell from 6% during the 1950’s to almost zero in the 1990’s. It is now an accepted fact that most of the important wild fisheries are either harvested at maximum rates, overfished or exhausted. In contrast, however, world aquaculture production has grown 5% per year during the 1950’s-60’s, 8% during the 1970’s-80’s and over 10% per year during the 1990’s.
Currently, aquaculture has one of the fastest growth rates in the food production industries. This pace implies competitiveness. The producer, the processor, the seller and even we, the consultants, are challenged to improve all aspects of operations, whether it is in production technology, processing technology or commercialization of the final product.
Aquaculture Global Consulting (AGC) offers an integrated and complete array of consulting and managerial services for aquaculture. Our objective and goal is to help our clients to better manage, and more importantly derive more profit from, their operations. If this is the type of service you are looking for please take some time to read more about how we can help you or your organization. Or contact us directly with any questions or requests that you might have here.