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.
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.