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European Environment Agency - Aquaculture production - Assessment published Mar 2015

European Environment Agency - Aquaculture production  - Assessment published Mar 2015 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Marine aquaculture production is increasing in Europe, mostly due to salmon production in Norway. Other types of production are relatively stable since the early 2000s. All aquaculture production in the EU-28 has been equally stable.In 2012, by far the most cultivated species in Europe was Atlantic salmon, followed by mussels, rainbow trout, European sea bass, gilthead sea bream, oysters and carps, barbels and other cyprinids.Finfish production accounts for the increase in European aquaculture, while shellfish production has been slowly decreasing since 1999. Aquatic plants production has been emerging since 2007.
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This recently updated site provides interactive tools for exploring data on European aquaculture production trends and issues.

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Virtual Marine Scientist - Institutionen för pedagogik, kommunikation och lärande, IPKL, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Virtual Marine Scientist - Institutionen för pedagogik, kommunikation och lärande, IPKL, University of Gothenburg, Sweden | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Do you want your secondary school students to understand how science really works in the lab and how research is carried out? Do you want them to investigate and learn about pressing marine environmental issues? In that case, Virtual Marine Scientist (VMS) is what you need!


The Virtual Marine Scientist project aims to familiarise students (16‐19 years) with the concrete conditions in which scientists work and research is carried out. In this virtual environment, students discover how to design and run experiments in environmental science. Virtual Marine Scientist offers a stimulating context in which to learn about experimental work, including elements of cooperation and problem solving.

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This looks to be a very useful project ... get in touch and give it a try if you are teaching marine science to the target age group.

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Sustainability | Global Aquaculture Performance Index (GAPI): The First Global Environmental Assessment of Marine Fish Farming

Sustainability | Global Aquaculture Performance Index (GAPI): The First Global Environmental Assessment of Marine Fish Farming | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
“Sustainable” is among the most sought after of all seafood product adjectives. Ironically it is also one of the most poorly defined and understood. The Global Aquaculture Performance Index (GAPI) is the first tool to assess environmental performance of global marine aquaculture production, permitting direct comparison of disparate species, production methods and jurisdictions. Clear patterns emerge from this analysis; significant variation of environmental performance is driven by the species being farmed, significant room for improvement exists across the entire sector, the worst performing players are also the fastest growing, particularly within Asia, and perhaps most importantly, this work highlights the potential trap awaiting policy makers who focus too narrowly on farm production efficiency alone as a solution to diminishing seafood availability.
 
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There are many potential pitfalls and problems in creating an index of this type, but the approach should generate substantive discussion and promote greater understanding and development for everyone who engages with it: Good discussion starter or basis for an assignment for any aquaculture course

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