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Preparation of this document

This document reviews and analyses published literature, grey literature, and personal communications on the social, economic and environmental impacts of tilapias in the Asia and the Pacific. Tilapias play a significant role in global aquatic production through aquaculture, culture-based fisheries and capture fisheries. Although native to Africa, since their introduction to Asia, tilapias have been established in many countries and have contributed to increased aquatic food production, economic development and rural livelihoods. However, concerns that tilapias adversely impact native aquatic biodiversity have been expressed in literature and policy documents. Considering the importance of this group of fish as a significant contributor to aquatic production and the concerns raised regarding their negative impacts, particularly in Asia, this document was prepared as a review of the status of tilapias in the region, and to address the above issues. The aim is to provide a usable reference on the status of tilapias in Asia and the Pacific and stimulate rigorous examination of the benefits and risks of using this group of alien species in fisheries and aquaculture.

Regional Fishery Bodies and Arrangements
FAO Fisheries Officers
FAO Members and Associate Members
FAO Aquaculture Projects
The authors

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