In 2013, FAO launched the Blue Growth Initiative, building upon the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF). Later, in March 2014 at the 32nd FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific, held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, member countries endorsed the regional initiative on sustainable intensification of aquaculture for blue growth.
Dr Aqorau is also Chairperson of the 15th INFOFISH World Tuna Trade Conference & Exhibition which will be held this month (28 – 30 May) in Bangkok, Thailand.
Investment in seafood-related start-ups appears to be gathering steam with increased awareness of the huge market possibilities. What would you estimate to be the level of investment in seafood-related start-ups last year? Do you expect a steeper growth curve this year?
According to the ISSF website, the four areas of focus for the organisation to work towards sustainable use of global tuna fisheries are tuna conservation, bycatch reduction, illegal fishing elimination, and capacity management. Which area would you say is the most challenging?