Action Areas

Sustainable aquaculture

Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing food production sectors in the world today. 
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​What is happening?

The increasing global demand for food has meant that aquaculture has leapt from a 3.2% share of total fisheries production in 1950 to 47% in 2011.

What does ICES do?

ICES recognises that the aquaculture industry is experiencing increased environmental challenges and that there is a need for advice on sustainable management approaches.

Research into interactions between aquaculture and the environment has high priority. ICES expert groups research various environmental, genetic, and epidemiological effects of aquaculture.

Issues include
    • Climate change
    • Development of suitable and safe aquaculture installations
    • Disease management and prevention
    • Full reproductive control
    • Holding capacity at local and regional level
    • Impact on ecosystems including wild species and fisheries
    • Parasite control & management

ICES collaborates with the European Aquaculture Society.

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