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Aquaculture in the Sea

  • R. Billard


The world’s oceans produce about 100 million metric tons of living resources, 85,000 metric tons of which is caught by the fisheries (a kind of hunting-gathering activity) of the world. Impressively, this harvest is half of the meat produced by domestic animals in the world (170 million tons). The world aquaculture production is significantly lower. Only 16 million tons, not including 10 million tons of algae, is produced annually (Table 1). In general, the total harvest over the past 15 years has increased in part due to a steady rise in aquaculture production (Figure 1).


Open Water Pink Salmon Bluefin Tuna Recycle Water Aquaculture Production 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Billard
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  1. 1.Muséum National d’Histoire NaturelleLaboratoire d’IchtyologieParis, Cedex 05France

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