Book Chapter

Carrying capacities and site selection within the Ecosystem Approach to Aquaculture



Ross L, Telfer T, Falconer L, Soto D, Aguilar-Manjarrez J, Asmah R, Bermudez JL, Beveridge MCM, Byron CJ, Clement A, Costa-Pierce BA, Cross SF, De Wit M & Dong S (2013) Carrying capacities and site selection within the Ecosystem Approach to Aquaculture. In: Ross L, Telfer T, Falconer L, Soto D & Aguilar-Manjarrez J (eds.) Site selection and carrying capacity for inland and coastal aquaculture: FAO/Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling Expert Workshop, 6–8 December 2010, Stirling, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Proceedings, 21. Rome, Italy: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, pp. 19-46.

The growth in world aquaculture required to meet the demands of society will result in ever-increasing pressure upon aquatic and terrestrial resources. There are also potential consequences on the environment and on biodiversity, as well as inevitable societal impacts. There is growing adoption of aspects of the ecosystem approach to aquaculture (EAA), which takes a holistic view of the developments in the sector in an attempt to enable sustainable growth while avoiding negative effects. Carrying capacity is a major component of EAA, but defining what is meant by carrying capacity, how to evaluate it and how to implement standards is not a straightforward matter. This global review summarizes present views on this topic, and considers definitions of the different carrying capacities and methods and models for their evaluation. It also identifies some outstanding questions and bottlenecks. Proposals are made for a way forward that may result in flexible guidelines for implementing wellplanned site selection and carrying capacity estimations within the EAA.

Additional co-authors: Ferreira, J.G., Kapetsky, J.M., Karakassis, I., Leschen, W., Little, D., Lundebye, A.-K., Murray, F.J., Phillips, M., Ramos, L., Sadek, S., Scott, P.C., Valle-levinson, A., Waley, D., White, P.G. & Zhu, C

Title of seriesFAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Proceedings
Number in series21
Publication date31/12/2013
PublisherFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Publisher URL
Place of publicationRome, Italy
ISSN of series2070-6103

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Dr Lynne Falconer

Dr Lynne Falconer

Research Fellow, Institute of Aquaculture

Professor Lindsay Ross

Professor Lindsay Ross

Emeritus Professor, Institute of Aquaculture

Professor Trevor Telfer

Professor Trevor Telfer

Professor, Institute of Aquaculture

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