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Sustainable aquaculture is possible, with the right science


Mair, G and Hobday, A and MacLeod, C, Sustainable aquaculture is possible, with the right science, The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Victoria, Australia, 01 November (2016) [Magazine Article]

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Aquaculture is in the spotlight again, with an ABC investigation raising concerns over the sustainability of the expansion of Tasmania’s salmon farming industry. Controversies over fish farming are newsworthy and emotive, particularly when company profits and communities are at stake. Unfortunately, independent scientific evidence is often used selectively or even ignored in these debates. Science is an essential tool for managers and regulators when planning industry expansion, and Australia’s aquaculture industry does have a strong research base. Fish farming can be sustainable, but only if it takes proper account of scientific research – and only if that research moves fast enough to give an up to date picture of the risks.

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Item Type:Magazine Article
Keywords:environmental impact assessment, aquaculture management, aquaculture perceptions, salmon farming
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - aquaculture
Objective Field:Aquaculture fin fish (excl. tuna)
UTAS Author:MacLeod, C (Professor Catriona MacLeod)
ID Code:114769
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2017-02-27
Last Modified:2017-02-28

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