Bio-economical and ethical impacts of alien finfish culture in European inland waters

Turchini, Giovanni M. and De Silva, Sena S. 2008, Bio-economical and ethical impacts of alien finfish culture in European inland waters, Aquaculture international, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 243-272.

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Title Bio-economical and ethical impacts of alien finfish culture in European inland waters
Author(s) Turchini, Giovanni M.
De Silva, Sena S.
Journal name Aquaculture international
Volume number 16
Issue number 3
Start page 243
End page 272
Total pages 30
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Delft, Netherlands
Publication date 2008-06
ISSN 0967-6120
1573-143X
Keyword(s) alien species
biodiversity
ethical quality
European aquaculture
organic aquaculture
sustainability
Summary Since 1989, and in comparison to the global trend, inland aquaculture production of European finfish has declined. To date, the yearly European freshwater aquaculture production is 371,727 tons, valued at over US$1 billion. Indigenous species accounted for less than one-third of the production, whereas alien species (a species that has been moved beyond its natural range of distribution) accounts for the remainder. However, in general, indigenous species command a higher market price. Currently, food quality and food safety are leading concerns of consumers, and European consumers are also becoming alert to environmentally detrimental practices. Therefore, to aim at economic sustainability, the sector needs to satisfy consumer expectations of environmentally friendly practices. It is believed that farming alien finfish species can threaten local biodiversity through escapes, and this represents a current environmental concern relative to aquaculture. In this context, an attempt is made in this paper to understand and quantify the impacts of alien finfish cultivation in European inland waters, and to suggest remedial measures.
Language eng
Field of Research 070401 Aquaculture
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
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