June 2015 - Science for Environment Policy, European Commission, publishes a brief on sustainable aquaculture
Aquaculture is facing a new era of expansion in Europe. What are the environmental implications of this, and how can the sector expand sustainably? This Future Brief from Science for Environment Policy presents an overview of research into aquaculture’s impacts, and considers how it could develop in harmony with environmental goals.
Aquaculture currently faces a significant challenge: how to fulfil the expectation of alleviating the pressure that fishing fleets exercise on fish populations without leading to environmental problems. Particularly, aquaculture is expected to develop widely in the near future, in the Mediterranean’s European, Southern and Eastern countries. In order to avoid potential environmental disruption issues, it is important that the aquaculture industry is provided with clear and user friendly guidelines to ensure its sustainable development.
The Marine Programme of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) has been promoting best practices in the aquaculture sector. The IUCN and the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP) signed a common agreement to cooperate in the development of sustainable aquaculture in 2005. Currently FEAP and IUCN are working on a renewal of this Memorandum of Understanding. Read also Aquaculture & the Environment
Within this framework, IUCN and the General Secretariat for Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Spain (MAPA), signed an agreement to cooperate and develop “Guidelines for sustainable development of Mediterranean aquaculture”. The objective of these guidelines is to propose recommendations for responsible and sustainable aquaculture, giving support to decision makers, aquaculture producers and stakeholders in the Mediterranean region. A group of aquaculture experts from the Mediterranean were invited to participate in the development of this document.
The following series of 3 guides make up the 'guidelines for the sustainable development of Mediterranean aquaculture':
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