Working for the present and future of aquaculture

Two new expert groups will focus on planning for aquaculture and interactions between the practice and the environment.
Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing food production sectors, with its volume now accounting for more than half of world seafood production. In 2016, the practice accounted for 64% of total fishery products sales at 232 billion US dollars. Projections are that the growth in seafood supply attributable to aquaculture over the last few decades will continue.
Future planning
Recognizing this dramatic growth and influence on the food system, society, and the environment, ICES is expanding its work on science and advisory topics contributing to the sustainable development of aquaculture.
Two new expert groups have now been formed: one focusing on planning for aquaculture and one on interactions between aquaculture and the environment. Both will be facilitated by a steering group established in 2017.

The Working Group on Scenario Planning on Aquaculture (WGSPA) will identify options for local industry development, optimized to minimize negative impacts to ecological and social systems and, where possible, to maximize positive ones. This ​will help managers and society understand the implications of different pathways of development, including production potential. A key group output will be an example Atlas of Marine Aquaculture Potential.

WGSPA is meeting for the first time at the ICES Headquarters in Copenhagen 8-10 November and is seeking expertise in marine spatial analysis, economics, environmental carrying capacity and growth models, social systems, and food security.


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