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World Population Day: PFA members make substantial contribution to global food security

11 July 2021

Today 11 July is World Population Day. This day aims to increase people's awareness on the growing world population.


Fifty years ago, there were 3 billion people to feed. Nowadays, that is already 7.7 billion people and in thirty years this will probably be around 10 billion people.


The United Nations wants the world to be hunger-free by 2030. However, with the ever-growing global population on our planet, this is a major challenge.


How do PFA-members make a substantial contribution to global food security?


  • The PFA-members fish only for human consumption;
  • PFA members provide on average 6 million fish meals per day;
  • 5.5 million of this fish meals is sent to markets outside Europe, especially those with a low average income such as Ghana, Egypt and Nigeria;
  • That is 2.5 billion fish meals in a year;
  • Pelagic fish is high quality, healthy and affordable fish;
  • Pelagic fish contains a lot of proteins with high level omega 3 fatty acids;
  • Pelagic fish is because of the large amount of vitamins and minerals essential for a good human health;
  • The World Food prize of this year will be awarded to a nutrition scientist because of her research about positive contribution of aqua food to human health;
  • Pelagic fisheries by PFA is done in a sustainable way - Catch with Care;
  • Pelagic fish such as herring have the lowest CO2 footprint compared to any other animal protein;
  • PFA is well-advanced in the self-sampling of its fisheries. The collected data are inserted in stock assessment of pelagic stocks;
  • PFA works closely with marine research institutes and NGO’s;


PFA contributes to achieve global food security: now and in the future.


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PFA represents the interests of nine European freezer-trawler companies involved in pelagic fishing activities for human consumption.

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