Aquatic Animals Diseases and Resources
Aquaculture is the fastest growing sector of animal protein production and now accounts for 47-50 percent of the world's aquatic animal food supply. Production rose from less than one million tons in the early 1950s to more than 51 million tons in 2006. Multiple species of finfish, crustaceans, and mollusks are produced around the world in intensive production systems. In China, aquaculture accounts for almost 90 percent of the food supplied by aquatic animals. Aquaculture production helps to reduce pressure on wild fisheries caused by overfishing. Diseases have emerged as a significant problem due to the high stocking densities used in intensive aquaculture. These diseases may devastate the farmed aquatic animals and spread to wild populations. The diseases listed here are some of most important transboundary aquatic animal diseases.
Aquatic Animal Diseases
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