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.
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.
ICES collaborates with the European Aquaculture Society.