This topic provides you with the opportunity to broaden your understanding of the impact of the environment. This topic sets aquaculture in the context of other food production systems. A number of activities which need to converge to minimise aquaculture’s impact are brought together in this topic, such as the need for planning, monitoring, modelling and husbandry. The topic also highlights the potential for aquaculture to make a positive contribution to the environment. This topic is likely to interest environmental managers as well as aquaculturists and aims to provide a balanced overview of one of the most talked about issues in aquaculture today.