Global Performance

At the coarsest resolution, GAPI provides an aggregated global picture of the marine finfish industry. The global scope of GAPI provides novel insights never before available. For instance, data collected by GAPI suggest that:

The global marine finfish aquaculture industry used an estimated 5.5 million kg of antibiotics (aggregated across the 44 species-countries assessed). This material, much of which was discharged directly into the marine environment, is comprised almost exclusively of compounds considered critical for human and/or veterinary medicine.

Approximately 16.4 million kg of parasiticides were used, the majority of which are broad-spectrum toxins with unknown cumulative impacts on non-target organisms.

The equivalent of 1.1x1014 g Carbon of primary productivity was appropriated for the production of the assessed species. More than 98% of this material (in terms of net primary productivity [NPP]) was derived from marine organisms, almost entirely fish. Assuming a mean oceanic productivity of 140 g C per m2 per year, this suggests that the marine finfish production assessed by GAPI consumed approximately 770,000 km2 of oceanic productivity—an area the size of the East China Sea. This coarse assessment is helpful to stakeholders attempting to determine where future attention and conservation efforts should be placed. It should also be of interest to global initiatives attempting to measure the performance of their standards against the rest of the industry.