"More than a billion people rely on fish for protein. In meeting this demand, we have destroyed global stocks of commercially valued fish, reducing many populations by two thirds or more over the past century. We are now eating our way further down the food chain and fishing in deeper waters, disrupting food webs and destroying fragile ocean habitats. Properly executed, aquaculture can help stop this cycle by providing a sustainable alternative source of fish.
Together with responsible and effective management of wild fisheries, it would go a long way toward stabilizing global food security, averting collapse of marine ecosystems, and allowing natural fish stocks to recover."
-- Susan Avery, president and director of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution