Study: Policies restrict aquaculture in productive waters

Study: Policies restrict aquaculture in productive waters

Marine aquaculture will expand, but the quality and location of this growth will depend on sound governance, researcher says

The study, compiled by researchers from universities in Washington, California and Florida, characterized 78 countries according to their suitability for off-shore aquaculture, considering the natural climate, political and economic factors. Each country ultimately fell into one of three categories — at-risk regions where lax government oversight allows for the destruction of marine habitat; non-optimal countries where government policy promotes aquaculture in spite of the absence of productive marine habitat; and “goldilocks” countries that are poised for sustainable aquaculture production.