“The extent to which the seabed is actually fished is still a subject of research and debate, but whilst the conventional response has focussed on area closures such as MPAs, little attention has been paid to gear technology.” – the UK’s National Federation of Fishermen’s Association (NFFO) in a March 27, 2015 blogpost titled “Reducing Fishing Footprints through Gear Modification” in which it argues in favour of “Gear Modifications as an Alternative to MPAs”. Continue reading ‘REDUCING fishing footprints through gear modification’ and “as an Alternative to MPAs” – NFFO→
The economic benefits generated by the provincial aquaculture industry from 2003 to 2013 are outlined in a new report released on Monday (January 26, 2015) titled Economic Impacts of the Newfoundland and Labrador Aquaculture Industry. The report provides information about the aquaculture industry’s positive impact on provincial GDP, employment, and labour income. Salmonid production represented 83.6% of the Atlantic Canada province’s 2013 output. NB Ed:There is no mention throughout about potential ‘environmental impacts’. Granted… this is not the focus of the present report, but the words ‘environment’ and/or ‘environmental’ do not even appear once…Continue reading NEW report outlines “positive impact of aquaculture” on Newfoundland and Labrador’s economy→
How does the aquaculture industry’s reputation affect potential for further growth and development?…The PhD thesis from Research Council of Norway social researcher Marit Schei Olsen’s will revolve around ‘how public discourse shapes the industry’s framework conditions’. Even though farmed salmon as a product has a “reasonably good reputation”, the aquaculture industry itself is facing challenges, particularly in connection with issues relating to the environment and sustainability, notes the Council… “I am not taking any position on whether or not the industry deserves its reputation,” says Ms Schei Olsen. “But the industry’s reputation with regard to sustainability issues becomes a significant problem when it affects policy and the framework conditions for aquaculture activity.” At times critics have argued that the ties between the industry, political community and public administration are too close. One debate referred to by the Research Council scientist focused on former Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs Lisbeth Berg-Hansen’s ownership interests in salmon farming.
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