“The importance of capture fisheries and aquaculture cannot be neglected. They provide over 3 billion people with about 15 percent of their average per capita intake of animal protein. And these two activities contribute over 200 million jobs globally,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva at the 10th Meeting of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) South West Pacific Ministers for Agriculture, which ended yesterday in the Samoan capital.
“At the same time, these vital services must not jeopardize the key role oceans play in regulating the earth’s climate,” Graziano da Silva said. “They absorb more than 25 percent of the carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere from human activities.” Graziano da Silva expressed his belief that addressing climate change had become “a question of survival–just like hunger.”
Graziano da Silva received an honorary chiefly title during the Samoan Ava ceremony.
“There can be no truly ‘green economy’ without a ‘blue economy’, one that makes the sustainable development of oceans and fishery resources a priority,” Graziano da Silva said.
For more on the meeting and Graziano da Silva’s comments, see the article at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations website.