SS1.01 Assessing Potential Environmental Impacts of Aquaculture
Date: Thursday, June 13, 2002
Time: 9:30:00 AM
Location: Lecture Theatre
 
VolpeJP, Dept of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, jvolpe@ualberta.ca
 
FINFISH AQUACULTURE AND THE ENVIRONMENTS THAT SUPPORT IT: A STATE-OF-THE-SCIENCE REVIEW
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Commercial finfish culture of is the fastest growing agricultural sector worldwide. The shift from predation to culture of marine and aquatic resources is intuitively attractive and will undoubtedly continue in the future. The rapid and widespread adoption of these industries has largely occurred with implicit acceptance of assumptions regarding the benign nature of associated effects on the environment. These assumptions are only now beginning to be rigorously examined. Recent research is redefining the relationships between finfish aquaculture and the environments that support these industries. Drawing on current data from around the world I will review the major challenges facing the sustainability of finfish aquaculture. I will then discuss these challenges quantitatively using a case-study approach to explore the commercial Atlantic salmon farm industry in coastal British Columbia, Canada.