An ecosystem-based approach and management framework for the integrated evaluation of bivalve aquaculture impacts

Type Article
Date 2012-05-08
Language English
Author(s) Cranford Peter J.1, Kamermans Pauline2, Krause Gesche3, Mazurie Joseph4, Buck Bela H.5, Dolmer Per6, Fraser David7, Van Nieuwenhove Kris8, O'Beirn Francis X.9, Sanchez-Mata Adoracion10, Thorarinsdottir Gudrun G.11, Strand Oivind12
Affiliation(s) 1 : Bedford Inst Oceanog, Dept Fisheries & Oceans, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4A2, Canada.
2 : Wageningen Inst Marine Resources & Ecosyst Studie, NL-4400 AB Yerseke, Netherlands.
3 : Ctr Trop Marine Ecol, D-28359 Bremen, Germany.
4 : IFREMER, LER MPL, F-56470 La Trinite Sur Mer, France.
5 : Alfred Wegener Inst Polar & Marine Res, D-27570 Bremerhaven, Germany.
6 : Tech Univ Denmark, Natl Inst Aquat Resources, DK-920 Charlottenlund, Denmark.
7 : Marine Lab, Fisheries Res Serv, Aberdeen AB11 9DB, Scotland.
8 : Inst Agr & Fisheries Res Fisheries, Galway, Ireland.
9 : Inst Marine, Galway, Ireland.
10 : Ctr Marine Res, Marine Resources Res Dept, Xunta De Galicia 36620, Vilanova De Aro, Spain.
11 : Marine Res Inst, IS-121 Reykjavik, Iceland.
12 : Inst Marine Res, N-5817 Bergen, Norway.
Source Aquaculture Environment Interactions (1869-215X) (Inter-research), 2012-05-08 , Vol. 2 , N. 3 , P. 193-213
DOI 10.3354/aei00040
WOS© Times Cited 37
Keyword(s) Bivalve aquaculture management, Ecosystem-based approach, DPSIR framework, Indicators, Thresholds, Benthic effects, Pelagic effects, Social-ecological systems
Abstract An ecosystem-based approach to bivalve aquaculture management is a strategy for the integration of aquaculture within the wider ecosystem, including human aspects, in such a way that it promotes sustainable development, equity, and resilience of ecosystems. Given the linkage between social and ecological systems, marine regulators require an ecosystem-based decision framework that structures and integrates the relationships between these systems and facilitates communication of aquaculture-environment interactions and policy-related developments and decisions. The Drivers-Pressures-State Change-Impact-Response (DPSIR) management framework incorporates the connectivity between human and ecological issues and would permit available performance indicators to be identified and organized in a manner that facilitates different regulatory needs. Suitable performance indicators and modeling approaches, which are used to assess DPSIR framework components, are reviewed with a focus on the key environmental issues associated with bivalve farming. Indicator selection criteria are provided to facilitate constraining the number of indicators within the management framework. It is recommended that an ecosystem-based approach for bivalve aquaculture be based on a tiered indicator monitoring system that is structured on the principle that increased environmental risk requires increased monitoring effort. More than 1 threshold for each indicator would permit implementation of predetermined impact prevention and mitigation measures prior to reaching an unacceptable ecological state. We provide an example of a tiered monitoring program that would communicate knowledge to decision-makers on ecosystem State Change and Impact components of the DPSIR framework.
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Cranford Peter J., Kamermans Pauline, Krause Gesche, Mazurie Joseph, Buck Bela H., Dolmer Per, Fraser David, Van Nieuwenhove Kris, O'Beirn Francis X., Sanchez-Mata Adoracion, Thorarinsdottir Gudrun G., Strand Oivind (2012). An ecosystem-based approach and management framework for the integrated evaluation of bivalve aquaculture impacts. Aquaculture Environment Interactions, 2(3), 193-213. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :