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The implications of aquaculture policy and regulation for the development of integrated multi-trophic aquaculture in Europe


Alexander, KA and Potts, TP and Freeman, S and Israel, D and Johansen, J and Kletou, D and Meland, M and Pecorino, D and Rebours, C and Shorten, M and Angel, DL, The implications of aquaculture policy and regulation for the development of integrated multi-trophic aquaculture in Europe, Aquaculture, 443 pp. 16-23. ISSN 0044-8486 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 Elsevier B.V.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.aquaculture.2015.03.005


Demands for fish and shellfish as food products are increasing; however, the potential for large scale production faces numerous challenges. Policy and legislation are likely to have an impact on the development of more sustainable aquaculture practices such as integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA). This study investigated the flexibility within the current governance frameworks across six European countries to allow for the adoption and management of IMTA. A snowball approach was used to identify relevant EU legislation, which was used as the basis by which to identify national/regional legislation which implemented EU requirements. This data was combined with a desk study to create a legislation overview for each of six countries, which was then subject to a Comparative Legal Analysis of the regulatory frameworks. Key findings were that inter alia: an existing policy focus on environmental sustainability and technological innovation may be an incentive for IMTA; and that the regulatory framework is complex and extensive and this may be a barrier to IMTA. Overall, this study found that national frameworks were generally amenable to experimental IMTA pilot schemes, but that for commercial expansion substantial regulatory reform would be required. Particularly, there may be a need for change to some aspects of legal regimes relating to the transfer of disease, fish health and food safety.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:integrated aquaculture, IMTA, sustainable aquaculture, comparative law, aquaculture governance
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Policy and administration not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Alexander, KA (Dr Karen Alexander)
ID Code:107754
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:42
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2016-03-23
Last Modified:2020-05-05

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