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Importance of fisheries production and utilization in the food economy
Meseck, G. (1962). Importance of fisheries production and utilization in the food economy, in: Heen, E. et al. Fish in nutrition. pp. 23-38
In: Heen, E.; Kreuzer, R. (1962). Fish in nutrition. Fishing News (Books): London. XXIII, 447 pp., more

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  • Meseck, G.

    The disquieting facts of world hunger and protein deficiency are reviewed, and the need to encourage fisheries exploitation as one solution is stressed. Figures are given on world distribution of calories and animal protein. Comparisons are made between agricultural and fisheries contributions. Knowledge of sea and freshwater fisheries is reviewed. Figures are given on development of world fishing yields 1900-60, with discussion of future estimated yields. FAO statistics on world fish catch by continents since 1953 are given. Suggestions are made for an international report service for fishing conditions and scientific data, to improve fisheries exploitation. The promising potential of freshwater and brackish-water ponds is discussed. A continent-by-continent and nation-by-nation outline is given, to determine whether estimates of future fisheries production are realistic. Outstanding examples of national improvement, as seen in Peru, are discussed. Figures on utilization of fish yields are reviewed. The large proportion of fishing yields devoted to fishmeal production is mentioned, and the recent development of deep-freezing in advanced countries. The possible use of fish flour for human consumption is touched on, and there is a discussion of freeze-drying, which is believed may revolutionize the fishing industry .

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