Potential for ocean farming

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have just published one of the first comprehensive global evaluations of the potential for sustainable aquaculture under current governance, policy and investment regimes.

Their study, published in the journal Marine Policy, found that marine aquaculture is a rapidly growing industry that presents both opportunities and risks for the environment and society.

Marine aquaculture was viewed by the current study as less polluting than inland operations, because the open ocean disperses its impact, leading to fewer environmental problems. Sustainably farming the oceans would also allow wild populations of fish, 90 percent of which are considered by the United Nations to be on the verge of collapse, to recover while providing an important source of protein and economic benefits to humans.

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