The tilapia is a key source of protein for people in the developing world, but global stocks are under threat from a deadly virus. Photo: Alamy

Tilapia, a fish to feed the world, and the deadly virus that may destroy it

  • Tilapia is the world’s second most farmed fish, mainly due to its resistance to disease, but stocks are threatened by a lethal virus
  • Most production is in Asia, and experts warn of social and economic catastrophe if virus wipes species out; China, the biggest producer, is not infected so far
Topic |   Food and agriculture

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The tilapia is a key source of protein for people in the developing world, but global stocks are under threat from a deadly virus. Photo: Alamy
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Stuart Heaver

Stuart Heaver

Originally from Kent, England, former Naval officer and entrepreneur, Stuart Heaver is a full-time freelance writer and features journalist living and working in Hong Kong. He loves his job, the sea and his family but not necessarily in that order.