Fishery Forum in St. Petersburg: How to feed 9 billion people

Minister of Fisheries of the Kingdom of Norway Per Sandberg says seafood is the future

The Global Fishery Forum kicked off in St. Petersburg this morning. A massive exhibition opened at Lenexpo as 1,600 people arrived from 25 regions of Russia and a dozen countries, including Australia, Brazil, the United States, Canada, and Japan. The forum was addressed by the Minister of Fisheries of the Kingdom of Norway Per Sandberg.

“I am very glad that I have the opportunity to meet with my Russian colleagues”, he said. “The fact of the matter is a lot currently depends on us – people working in the fishing industry. According to UN estimates, there will be approximately nine billion people on Earth by the year 2050. Demand for food will increase significantly, and the question of how to feed the planet’s entire population will become one of the most important ones. In this regard, the development of fisheries, expanding aquaculture, and a respectful attitude towards the ecosystem should become a priority right now. Seafood is something that will help solve the issue of food security. There are a lot of stocks; we just have to be able to catch them”, he said.

Sandberg noted that Norway is a small country with a population of five million people. But this has not stopped it from becoming one of the main suppliers of fish products to the world market.

“I really hope that in 35 years, by 2050, we will produce five times more such products”, he added.

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries of Morocco Aziz Akhannouch, in turn, noted that the Global Fishery Forum in St. Petersburg will not only help to discuss the issue of food security, but also establish a partnership of different countries in the seas and oceans.

“As for our country’s interaction with Russia, it has existed for a long time and is a tradition. I am sure that the Congress will only strengthen it”, he said.


Russia’s rank in the global fish catch (thousand tonnes, 2015 data)

  1. China – 17,591
  2. Indonesia – 6,485
  3. USA – 5,038
  4. India – 4,843
  5. Peru – 4,824
  6. Russian Federation – 4,457
  7. Japan – 3,460
  8. Vietnam – 2,757
  9. Norway – 2,293
  10. Philippines – 2,151

Source: Komsomolskaya Pravda