Availability and usefulness of economic data on the effects of aquaculture: a North Atlantic comparative assessment

Type Article
Date 2021-01
Language English
Author(s) Mikkelsen Eirik1, Fanning Lucia2, Kreiss Cornelia3, Billing Suzannah‐lynn4, Dennis John5, Filgueira Ramon6, Grant Jon7, Krause Gesche8, Lipton Doug9, Miller Molly10, Perez Jose11, Stead Selina12, Villasante Sebastian13, 14
Affiliation(s) 1 : Nofima AS, Tromsø, Norway
2 : Marine Affairs Programme ,Dalhousie University Halifax NS , Canada
3 : Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries, Bremerhaven , Germany
4 : Scottish Association of Marine Science, Oban Scotland, UK
5 : Bord Iascaigh Mhara ‐ Ireland's Seafood Development Agency Clonakilty, Ireland
6 : Dalhousie University, Halifax NS, Canada
7 : Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University Halifax NS , Canada
8 : Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany
9 : National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA Silver Spring MD, USA
10 : School of Marine Sciences , University of Maine Orono ME, USA
11 : Ifremer, Univ Brest, CNRS, UMR 6308, AMURE, Unité d’Economie Maritime, IUEM Plouzane , France
12 : Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling Sterling Scotland , UK
13 : Faculty of Political and Social Sciences , University Santiago de Compostela Santiago de Compostela ,Spain
14 : Campus Do Mar‐ International Campus of Excellence Santiago de Compostela , Spain
Source Reviews In Aquaculture (1753-5123) (Wiley), 2021-01 , Vol. 13 , N. 1 , P. 601-618
DOI 10.1111/raq.12488
WOS© Times Cited 8
Keyword(s) aquaculture, economic data, management, planning, policy relevance

This paper focuses on the availability of economic indicators and metrics to assess effects of marine aquaculture production in the North Atlantic area (the EU, Norway, Canada and USA), including also social and environmental effects. We consider how aquaculture planning and management is organised in the different countries and the usefulness of economic information to address different aquaculture‐related policies. We find that the most relevant economic data for aquaculture management should be at the local and regional levels rather than nationally. The availability of such economic data is mapped for national, regional and local level. The focus is on data that are publicly available from authorities or research institutions. The availability of data is generally fairly good for national and regional data on the direct economic effects of aquaculture. Data on how aquaculture‐related products or input markets are affected are however poorly available, as are economic data on external effects from aquaculture. Countries with a larger aquaculture sector tend to have better availability of aquaculture‐related economic data than those with a smaller sector. An index is developed and calculated to show more specifically where the countries have relatively good or poor data availability compared to their needs. While it will not always be cost‐effective or meaningful to collect economic data on the effects of aquaculture, our study indicates that several countries could benefit from expanding such data collection. It can make trade‐off decisions more consistent and easier to perform, and aquaculture policies and measures can be better tailored to specific contexts.

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Mikkelsen Eirik, Fanning Lucia, Kreiss Cornelia, Billing Suzannah‐lynn, Dennis John, Filgueira Ramon, Grant Jon, Krause Gesche, Lipton Doug, Miller Molly, Perez Jose, Stead Selina, Villasante Sebastian (2021). Availability and usefulness of economic data on the effects of aquaculture: a North Atlantic comparative assessment. Reviews In Aquaculture, 13(1), 601-618. Publisher's official version : https://doi.org/10.1111/raq.12488 , Open Access version : https://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/00646/75811/