Innovation

Modern fish farming for a secure food supply

16 November 2016 by Ray Chua

The Earth’s ocean fish stock has been on constant decline due to overfishing and climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently projected that ocean fish catch potential in the Southeast Asian tropics may be reduced by 40 to 60 per cent due to fish migration, posing an imminent threat to one of the key food sources. Research shows that aquaculture production will need to more than double again between now and 2050 to meet the demands of a growing population.

Locally, Singaporeans consume some 54,000 tonnes of fish each year – 92 percent of which is imported. Over the years, the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has been engaging local fish farmers on how to employ innovative fish farming methods to boost our fish supply produced in Singapore.

Photojournalist Ray Chua explores how local fisheries are embracing modern farming technologies as part of the city state’s forward thinking strategy to boost food security sustainably.

Edited by Liew Hanqing and Tan Yi Xuan