Ecological carrying capacity in mariculture: Consideration and application in geographic strategies and policy

Type Article
Date 2023-04
Language English
Author(s) Fisher Jeffrey1, 2, Angel Dror3, Callier MyriamORCID4, Cheney Daniel5, Filgueira Ramon6, Hudson Bobbi5, McKindsey Christopher W.7, Milke Lisa8, Moore Heather9, O’beirn Francis1, O’carroll Jack1, Rabe Berit10, Telfer Trevor11, Byron Carrie J.12
Affiliation(s) 1 : Marine Institute, Rinville, Oranmore, Galway, Republic of Ireland
2 : City of Seattle, Seattle City Light, Environment Land and Licensing, 700 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98124-4023, USA
3 : Department of Maritime Civilizations & Recanati Institute of Maritime Studies, University of Haifa, 199 Aba Khoushy Ave, Mount Carmel, Haifa 3498838, Israel
4 : MARBEC, Univ Montpellier, IRD, CNRS, Ifremer, Palavas-les-Flots, France
5 : Pacific Shellfish Institute, 1206 State Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98506, USA
6 : Marine Affairs Program, Dalhousie University, 1355 Oxford Street, PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2, Canada
7 : Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Institut Maurice-Lamontagne, 850 route de la Mer, Mont-Joli, QC G5H 3Z4, Canada
8 : NOAA Fisheries, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Milford Lab, 212 Rogers Ave, Milford, CT 06460, USA
9 : AgriFood and Biosciences, AFBI Headquarters 18a Newforge Lane, Belfast BT9 5PX, United Kingdom
10 : Marine Scotland Science, 375 Victoria Road, Aberdeen AB11 9DB, United Kingdom
11 : University of Stirling, Institute of Aquaculture, Stirling Fk9 4LA, United Kingdom
12 : University of New England, School of Marine and Environmental Programs, 11 Hills Beach Road, Biddeford, ME 04005, USA
Source Marine Policy (0308-597X) (Elsevier BV), 2023-04 , Vol. 150 , P. 105516 (12p.)
DOI 10.1016/j.marpol.2023.105516
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Keyword(s) Aquaculture, Carrying capacity, Mariculture, Policy, Management

Governance and management strategies for aquaculture development were examined for a select number of jurisdictions covering a range of marine aquaculture production to better understand the degree to which concepts of “Ecological Carrying Capacity” (ECC) are incorporated into management tools or permitting requirements for aquaculture development. Policies, regulations, and strategic plans were sought through professional knowledge and, at times, using web-based searches. Aquaculture ECC, defined here as, “the magnitude of aquaculture production that can be supported without leading to unacceptable changes in ecological process, species, populations, or communities in the environment,” was not strictly applied in any jurisdiction’s aquaculture policy documentation. A broadened search to consider the concept of aquaculture carrying capacity (CC) more generally was conducted. Of the ten nations examined, CC concepts could be found in policy documentation of several nations. The inclusion of CC concepts in policy and strategic planning can be used as part of a suite of management tools to promote sustainable aquaculture within FAO’s Ecological Approach to Aquaculture.

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Fisher Jeffrey, Angel Dror, Callier Myriam, Cheney Daniel, Filgueira Ramon, Hudson Bobbi, McKindsey Christopher W., Milke Lisa, Moore Heather, O’beirn Francis, O’carroll Jack, Rabe Berit, Telfer Trevor, Byron Carrie J. (2023). Ecological carrying capacity in mariculture: Consideration and application in geographic strategies and policy. Marine Policy, 150, 105516 (12p.). Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :