The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicts that global population will exceed nine billion by 2050 placing malnutrition and food security as one of mankind’s biggest challenges.

Population growth increases global food demand and raises concerns towards food insecurity and pressures imposed to the ecosystems. Seafood plays an important role addressing global food security and nutrition challenges.

Fish demand is expected to increase at an annual rate of 2.3% annually until 2030. It is urgent to research and develop more resilient and environmentally sustainable fishing and aquaculture techniques that ensure an effective management of stocks. The most recent FAO Report on Fisheries and Aquaculture highlights the key role of new technologies to improve the sustainability and profitability of global fish production and the importance of achieving safer, more precise and more predictable fisheries.