Comprehensive global study confirms restorative aquaculture has positive impacts on marine life
The University of New England partnered with The Nature Conservancy, the world’s leading conservation organization, on a ground-breaking new study that provides strong evidence that shellfish and seaweed farming are a critical component of regenerative food production.
Can the sector grow to provide seafood and jobs in harmony with the ocean?
Terry Sawyer comes from a long line of farmers and ranchers, and he’s learned a lot from his family—about maintaining the health of his broodstock and selecting the strongest performers for breeding; about managing the employees who help run his operation; and about the importance of stewardship and maintaining the health of the environment his farm depends on.
September 18, 2019
Americans eat an average of 16 pounds of fish each year, and that number is growing. But how to meet our demand for fish is a controversial question, one that is entering a new chapter as the Environmental Protection Agency seeks to approve the nation’s only aquaculture pen in federal waters.
Fish ponds have scarred coastal environments in Asia, but offshore fish farms might save wetlands and improve yields
Along the shore of northern Java, the most densely populated island in Indonesia, they thought they had it made back in the 1980s, when the craze for turning mangrove swamps into prawn ponds took hold. Prawn prices were high. Village after village took the bait. “We wanted to raise some income and feed our families”, says Maskur, a teacher in Wedung, a large village on the River Wulan.
But now they are living with the consequences. The loss of their protective coastal strip of mangroves triggered an invasion by the sea that has engulfed many of their ponds in the past two decades, and eaten into the rice fields further inland.
“We’ve lost 500 metres to the sea in the last 10 years,” said Maskur, as our boat headed out into a bay unmarked on any maps. We passed the submerged remains of banks that had once surrounded village ponds. “I bought 10 hectares of ponds here in 2004, but three years later they were swept away,” said village official Nor Khamed.Read more
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Offshore finfish farming operations can have “minimal impacts to the surrounding waters”, according to the results of a new study.
The conclusion follows the investigation into the waters from Open Blue’s cobia production site off the coast of Panama, by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
Eighty percent of the world’s fisheries are nearing collapse. Cuna del Mar intends to help reverse this downtrend by shifting the demand for seafood from wild fisheries and conventional fisheries farming/production methods to new industries in open ocean aquaculture.
Cuna del Mar will explore, support and develop open ocean aquaculture methods that are economically viable as well as environmentally and socially responsible. Cuna del Mar will invest in businesses that have the potential to create disruption in the industry by being positive change agents to produce a diverse supply of healthy, wholesome seafood.
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