By Mark Kinver Environment reporter, BBC News
Image copyright FAO/S.Kambou Image caption Globally, fish provided 6.7% of all protein consumed by humans, the FAO report estimated
Global per capita fish consumption has hit a record high, passing the 20kg per year mark for the first time, United Nations data has shown.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report said it was the result of improved aquaculture and reduced waste.
It added that people, for the first time on record, were now consuming more farmed fish than wild-caught fish.
However, the report’s authors warn that marine natural resources continue to be overharvested at unsustainable levels.
The data has been published in the FAO’s biennial State of the World’s Fisheries and Aquaculture (Sofia) report.
Manuel Barange, director of FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources, welcomed the fact that global per capita fish consumption has passed the 20kg per year threshold.
“I personally think this is a very good thing because it shows that over the past five decades, fisheries supply – which combines aquaculture, inland fisheries and marine fisheries – has outpaced human population growth very significantly,” he said.
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