FAO Fisheries Department
A recent FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Proceedings, Aquaculture in desert and arid lands: Developments and constraints, is now available online. Based on a FAO technical workshop, it highlights that aquaculture has great potential for expansion not only in marine offshore areas, but also in desert and arid lands (covering 20 percent of the world land mass) with surface and/or subsurface water resources. Underground water certainly represents an opportunity for poor farming communities living in arid and isolated areas. Applying water-saving strategies, including use of run-off water and integration of aquaculture with agriculture practices, has demonstrated the good performance of fish/vegetable co-culture systems even in very arid and remote areas.