Sustainable aquaculture offers protein production and energy efficiency

CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish

Professor David Little of the University of Stirling, recently reflected on ways that aquaculture can produce a greater amount of animal product for the same energy inputs.

Writing on the Global Food Security blog, he explains that producing, distributing and consuming food accounts for 20-25% of energy consumption in developed countries. The largest energy investments are made to produce protein-rich produce such as meat and fish.

He argues that ‘aquaculture can produce a greater amount of animal product for the same energy inputs than other forms of animal-sourced food.’

However, to do so, the aquaculture industry must ensure that it ‘remains sustainable and that energy input compared to output is kept low.’

‘Learning from the innovations of the producers themselves and combining this knowledge with that of scientists and business is likely to produce the highest gains.’

‘Considering aquaculture from a value chain perspective is critical to assessing energy efficiency…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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