02 Jul '18, 1pm

Ocean Conservation Still at Risk Despite Backtrack on NOAA Mission Change

Ocean Conservation Still at Risk Despite Backtrack on NOAA Mission Change

And then, there are several potentially concerning points related to expanding marine fish farming or aquaculture. Release a plan, host a summit, provide grants. All of that seems OK, but the goal on subsequent slides is to increase aquaculture production threefold in ten years. On its face that may be OK, but it depends on how, where and when. It doesn't say. Aquaculture may be a good way to produce more seafood, but requires large inputs of wild caught fish to feed the farmed fish—and that fish meal is largely imported. And it requires for various forms of cage culture, exclusive use of ocean space. That creates its own challenges in resolving competing uses, because the U.S. ocean is a busy place with lots of different users. And finally, it requires strict care to ensure that issues of contamination of wild stocks, disease, waste, chemical use and other issues are deal...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/ocean-conservation-noaa-25823559...

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