Assessing aquaculture sustainability: a comparative methodology

Type Article
Date 2014-11
Language English
Author(s) Lazard Jerome1, Rey-Valette Helene2, Aubin Joel3, 6, Mathe Syndhia2, Chia Eduardo4, Caruso Domenico5, Mikolasek Olivier1, Blancheton Jean Paul6, Legendre Marc5, Rene Francois6, Levang Patrice5, Slembrouck Jacques5, Morissens Pierre1, Clements Olivier3
Affiliation(s) 1 : CIRAD, F-34398 Montpellier, France.
2 : Univ Montpellier I, Fac Sci Econ, F-34960 Montpellier 2, France.
3 : INRA, UMR Sol Agron Spatialisat, F-35042 Rennes, France.
4 : INRA, F-34000 Montpellier, France.
5 : Univ Montpellier 2, IRD, ISEM, F-34095 Montpellier 5, France.
6 : IFREMER, F-34250 Palavas Les Flots, France.
Source International Journal Of Sustainable Development And World Ecology (1350-4509) (Taylor & Francis Inc), 2014-11 , Vol. 21 , N. 6 , P. 503-511
DOI 10.1080/13504509.2014.964350
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Keyword(s) aquaculture, indicators, co-construction, sustainability
Abstract Little work dealing with the evaluation of aquaculture system sustainability has so far been undertaken on a global and comparative basis. Moreover, such work is mostly based on very unbalanced approaches in terms of the dimensions of sustainable development that are taken into account. The approach adopted in this article is designed to encompass all the dimensions of sustainability including the institutional one (governance). The taking into account of this latter, in particular, together with the role played by aquaculture in sustainability at the territorial level gives the approach its original and innovative nature. The process of establishing the checklist of sustainability indicators in aquaculture relies on a hierarchical nesting approach which makes it possible to link indicators with general sustainability criteria and principles. At once multidisciplinary and participatory, the approach compares several countries with highly differentiated types of aquaculture system. An original finding from this work is that the technically most intensive farming model scores better than more extensive systems, which might have been thought to be closer to natural systems in their environmental dimension and therefore intuitively more 'sustainable'. This result suggests relating sustainability outcomes to the level of control and of devolved responsibilities.
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Lazard Jerome, Rey-Valette Helene, Aubin Joel, Mathe Syndhia, Chia Eduardo, Caruso Domenico, Mikolasek Olivier, Blancheton Jean Paul, Legendre Marc, Rene Francois, Levang Patrice, Slembrouck Jacques, Morissens Pierre, Clements Olivier (2014). Assessing aquaculture sustainability: a comparative methodology. International Journal Of Sustainable Development And World Ecology, 21(6), 503-511. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :