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Linked sustainability challenges and trade-offs among fisheries, aquaculture and agriculture

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Blanchard, JL and Watson, RA and Fulton, EA and Cottrell, RS and Nash, KL and Bryndum-Buchholz, A and Buchner, M and Carozza, DA and Cheung, WWL and Elliott, J and Davidson, LNK and Dulvy, NK and Dunne, JP and Eddy, TD and Galbraith, E and Lotze, HK and Maury, O and Muller, C and Tittensor, DP and Jennings, S, Linked sustainability challenges and trade-offs among fisheries, aquaculture and agriculture, Nature Ecology and Evolution, 1 pp. 1240-1249. ISSN 2397-334X (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0258-8

Abstract

Fisheries and aquaculture make a crucial contribution to global food security, nutrition and livelihoods. However, the UN Sustainable Development Goals separate marine and terrestrial food production sectors and ecosystems. To sustainably meet increasing global demands for fish, the interlinkages among goals within and across fisheries, aquaculture and agriculture sectors must be recognized and addressed along with their changing nature. Here, we assess and highlight development challenges for fisheries-dependent countries based on analyses of interactions and trade-offs between goals focusing on food, biodiversity and climate change. We demonstrate that some countries are likely to face double jeopardies in both fisheries and agriculture sectors under climate change. The strategies to mitigate these risks will be context-dependent, and will need to directly address the trade-offs among Sustainable Development Goals, such as halting biodiversity loss and reducing poverty. Countries with low adaptive capacity but increasing demand for food require greater support and capacity building to transition towards reconciling trade-offs. Necessary actions are context-dependent and include effective governance, improved management and conservation, maximizing societal and environmental benefits from trade, increased equitability of distribution and innovation in food production, including continued development of low input and low impact aquaculture.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sustainability, fisheries, agriculture, climate change
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries Sciences
Research Field:Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Climate and Climate Change
Objective Field:Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability
UTAS Author:Blanchard, JL (Dr Julia Blanchard)
UTAS Author:Watson, RA (Professor Reginald Watson)
UTAS Author:Fulton, EA (Dr Elizabeth Fulton)
UTAS Author:Cottrell, RS (Mr Richard Cottrell)
UTAS Author:Nash, KL (Dr Kirsty Nash)
ID Code:120359
Year Published:2017
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP140101377)
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2017-08-23
Last Modified:2018-03-22
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