AUSTRALIA’S fish eater population is on the rise, according to a new report.
A study by the Australian Society of Fish Nutrition (ASFN) shows the numbers of fish-eaters increased by around 20 per cent in the past 10 years, and they are now eating a greater proportion of their catch than they were 10 years ago.
It says around 30 per cent of the population is now caught in commercial fishing zones, but the number of commercial fishing boats that are also catching fish has increased.
The survey found around 8,000 people are now caught, but they are eating an average of around 3,500 fish a year.
In terms of the number that are catching fish, about one per cent are now catching fish in recreational fishing, and around half of those are doing it in commercial zones.
Fish eaters also appear to be eating fewer fish.
They eat fewer smaller fish than they did 10 years back, with the exception of kraken, which has dropped by around 15 per cent.
Some of the reasons for this are due to the new wave of commercial fish-farming zones and the introduction of more sophisticated fish-feeders, according the ASFN.
However, the report does not mention whether people are eating more fish in their diet due to a lack of fish and shellfish.
Researchers from the University of New South Wales, in a previous survey, found that Australians eat about three times more fish than people from Europe, the United States and Australia.
While the new research does not have the answers on whether the population of fish eatters is rising, it does offer some ideas on how to tackle the issue.
Professor Richard Pinder, from the ASFLN, says the focus of the new study should be on getting more fish into the food chain, as well as the use of food hygiene.
He says the report needs to be interpreted as a snapshot of what has happened in the fish-eating population.””
There are also other important things that we need to do, such as the way fish are treated in the environment and in the production process.”
He says the report needs to be interpreted as a snapshot of what has happened in the fish-eating population.
“It will tell us whether the number is increasing or decreasing,” he said.
“We will be looking at what other factors are affecting the growth rate and the growth of the catch.
If there are changes in the catch, the fish may not be catching as much as they used to.
What we need is to look at the catch and how we are using that catch and the processing that we are doing, to see whether there is an impact.”
Dr Sarah Dyer from the Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Centre at the University and the ASFNP says there are many factors that affect the fish eating population.
There are differences in what types of fish are being caught, how they are caught, the type of catch, and the amount of time that they are in the ocean.
Dr Dyer says while the increase in the numbers may be due to better fishing technology and the increased number of fish, there are also a number of other factors that can affect the numbers.
“One of those is that we have a greater reliance on aquaculture, where there is a greater demand for fish products,” she said.
Dyer says there is also increased pressure on the industry to meet standards of fish health and welfare, which includes how the catch is handled, the health of the fish and the welfare of the people that are caught.
She says while it is good that there are more people using catch, it needs to change.
“If we don’t do that we will not be able to feed our population in a sustainable way,” she says.
Australian Fisheries and Oceans Minister James Merlino said the government would work with the industry on a “sustainable fish and seafood economy”.
“The industry has made huge investments to improve the health and well-being of their fish, and we are committed to delivering these improvements to ensure our fish stocks continue to grow, sustainably and economically,” he wrote in a statement.