Consult “Coastal Shrimp Farming in Thailand: Searching for Sustainability” in Environment and Livelihoods in Tropical Coastal Zones for a brief history of shrimp farming in Thailand, an experience that has parallels in several other countries of Asia. It was that experience that gave rise to the revealing term “slash-and-burn aquaculture” found in popular writing on the subject.
A healthy controversy exists about the reliability of FAO data, especially the capture fisheries totals. Critics argue that SOFIA includes only information that nations give to the FAO, which is of varying quality and often ignores subsistence fishing, illegal harvesting (IUU) and the sport trade. According to them, official figures are serious underestimates of the actual totals. Recent SOFIA reports recognize the importance of the topic. Those interested in this particular subject may start with Fisheries: Eyes on the Oceans.
Fishing for Development is a document prepared for an OECD/FAO/World Bank consultation last April 2014. Among others, it discusses FAO’s “Blue Growth” approach (to complement the “green growth” elsewhere) and provides useful overview of the extensive statistical information on the state of world aquatic resources. It recognizes the major and still growing importance of aquaculture and considers environmental aspects of greater aquaculture production to be among key challenges.