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The blue dimensions of aquaculture: a global synthesis

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posted on 2019-02-20, 00:00 authored by Nesar Ahmed, S Thompson
The rapid development of aquaculture has been considered the blue revolution, which is an approach to increasing global fish production in order to contribute to human nutrition and food security. The use of blue water (i.e., surface and groundwater) in aquaculture also makes a significant contribution to global fish production. However, the blue revolution of aquaculture is associated with a wide range of environmental concerns, including habitat destruction, water pollution, eutrophication, biotic depletion, ecological effects, and disease outbreaks. In addition, blue carbon (i.e., carbon in coastal and marine ecosystems) emissions from mangrove deforestation due to shrimp cultivation are accumulating. To increase fish production for a growing global population, aquaculture must grow sustainably while at the same time its environmental impacts must reduce significantly. There is blue growth potential for increasing seafood production through the expansion of coastal and marine aquaculture, which is essential for sustainable development of the blue economy.

History

Journal

Science of the total environment

Volume

652

Pagination

851 - 861

Publisher

Elsevier

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

0048-9697

eISSN

1879-1026

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal