Editor: Panagiotis Berillis

Trends in Fisheries and Aquatic Animal Health

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ISBN: 978-1-68108-581-4 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-580-7 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2017
DOI: 10.2174/97816810858071170101

Introduction

Fish and other seafood have always been considered as an important part of human diet and have also long been recognized as a health-promoting food for human nutrition. However, managing aquatic food resources remains a challenge as the human population is expanding and overfishing poses a threat to fishing reserves in several areas. Aquaculture is the alternative solution for food production from the sea. According to the FAO, aquaculture is probably the fastest growing food-producing sector and can be a sustainable solution for fish production. In order to maximize marine food production and achieving sustainable management of the aquatic environment, knowledge about aspects of fisheries and aquatic animal health is very important.

Trends in Fisheries and Aquatic Animal Health covers some basic and applied topics in fishery management and fish health with a focus on European regions. The textbook is a combination of reviews and research articles. Topics covered in the book include challenges in fishery management, environmental impacts on fisheries, fish health (pharmacology, histopathology, stress response), telemetry techniques in fisheries research, and specific case studies of regional marine species in localized fisheries. This textbook is a useful resource for graduates and professionals involved in advanced training courses for aquaculture and fishery management.

Preface

We live in a world where the global population is expected to grow by another 2 billion to reach 9.6 billion people by 2050. Current food resources will not be enough and feeding the planet will be a huge challenge. Food coming from marine or inland waters could be the key. Fish and seafood have always been considered as an important part of human diet and it has long been recognized as a health-promoting food for human nutrition.

Τhe Earth's surface is 71% water-covered, and oceans hold about 96.5 % of all Earth's water. Οceans contain almost the 90% of the world's living biomass. Globally, the fish stocks are over-exploited, depleted, fully exploited or in recovery from exploitation in a portion of 85%. We may be the last generation able to catch food from the oceans and seas. Aquaculture is the alternative solution for sea and inland waters food production. According to FAO, aquaculture is probably the fastest growing food-producing sector and can be a sustainable solution for fish production. The latest FAO 2014 report highlights that fact. In 2014, world aquaculture production attained another all-time high at 66.6 million tones. The global capture fishery production that year was 86.6 million tonnes (7.9 million tonnes were discard) and the global aquaculture production was more than 80% of the fishery production (66.6 million tonnes).

In order to maximize production and also having sustainable management of the aquatic environment, knowledge about aspects of fisheries and aquatic animal health is very important. This book comes to cover part of these aspects. The need to exchange reliable information on all related subjects is becoming a key issue.

The editor would like to thank Bentham Science Publishers for providing this opportunity to bring this book to the general public.

Panagiotis Berillis
Department of Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment,
School of Agricultural Sciences,
University of Thessaly, Volos, Hellas,
Greece

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