Aquaculture, or fish farming, continues to play an important role in seafood – aquaculture represents approximately ½ of all seafood consumed and is the greatest opportunity to increase the production of seafood – the most sustainable meat protein option available to consumers (see the Steve Gaines video below).
There is a misconception that aquaculture is not supported by the conservation community. In fact, the conservation community does see the important role well-managed aquaculture can play in providing consumers with a healthy, low impact protein. Aquaculture also provides great economic opportunities for coastal communities and in some cases—like seaweed and shellfish—can have a restorative impact on coastal ecosystems.
We have asked some of our conservation partners to share, in their own words, why their organization supports responsible aquaculture. We hope the videos will be helpful to industry, coastal communities and other stakeholders who are interested in supporting responsibly managed aquaculture.
Hear from the voices supporting responsible aquaculture development, and what efforts they’re taking to do so.
These are the first four voices and stories from the conservation community. We will be adding more, so please check back soon.
Steve Gaines, Dean of the UCSB Bren School of Environmental Management, explains his recent research, and why best practices in seafood production give us the best hope for feeding ourselves while curbing the tide of climate change.
Looking forward… the environmental impacts associated with seafood production of either form, wild caught or aquaculture, utilizing best practices, are dramatically better than any of the options on land.
- Steve Gaines Webinar (edited) – Environmental Consequences of Meeting the Future Demand for Food
- Perspectives on Marine Aquaculture in California and the U.S. (video) – Aquarium of the Pacific
- Fish Farming Techniques – Ocean Wise
- Wild vs. Farmed Seafood: Mythbusters – Ocean Wise
- The Aquaculture Opportunity – Can the sector grow to provide seafood and jobs in harmony with the ocean? – The Nature Conservancy
- Sustainable Aquaculture: A viable economic alternative to fishing – The Nature Conservancy
- Are you Seafood Smart? Test your Aquaculture IQ – The National Aquarium
- Latest news and information on aquaculture – Global Aquaculture Alliance
- Get your sustainable aquaculture certified – Aquaculture Stewardship Council
- Information, quick facts, and resources on aquaculture – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration