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Economic impacts of aquatic parasites on global finfish production | The Advocate

Economic impacts of aquatic parasites on global finfish production | The Advocate | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it

Obligate and opportunistic parasites play a critical role in determining the productivity, sustainability and economic viability of global finfish aquaculture enterprises. Without stringent and appropriate control measures, the impacts of these pathogens can often be significant.

Estimating the true impacts of each parasite event, however, is complicated, as costs can be affected by a diverse assortment of environmental and management factors. The factors can range from direct losses in production to the more indirect costs of longer-term control and management of infections and the wider, downstream socioeconomic impacts on livelihoods and satellite industries associated with the primary producer.

Certain parasite infections may be predictable, as they occur regularly, while others are unpredictable because they arise sporadically. In each case, there can be costs for treating and managing infections once they are established, but for predictable infections, there also are costs associated with prophylactic treatment and management. This article provides an overview of issues and estimates of economic impacts drawn from a larger study.

 


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John Bostock's curator insight, October 4, 2015 5:28 AM

The article only covers finfish aquaculture, but estimates of US$ 1-9 billion show what a major issue this is for the sector. It would be interesting to work out what percentage of this figure is spent each year on research and development to find solutions (my guess is between 1 and 10%); what the risk/benefit analysis of that investment looks like; and more importantly, who benefits and who has the incentives (and means) to invest...

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What are the ramifications of having an economically significant aquatic animal disease?

What are the ramifications of having an economically significant aquatic animal disease? | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it
What I gathered from this article email alert is the wide ranging impacts a disease could have on the nation.

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John Bostock's curator insight, September 15, 2013 12:33 PM

It is very important for policymakers to know just how much is being lost through serious disease problems

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Scottish Government - An Assessment of the Benefits to Scotland of Aquaculture

Scottish Government - An Assessment of the Benefits to Scotland of Aquaculture | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it

A New independent report shows the Scottish aquaculture industry ‘provides considerable benefits for fragile economic areas’  contributing up to £1.4 billion to Scottish economy.

 

"The report commissioned by Marine Scotland and the Highlands and Islands Enterprise has been published by Imani and SRSL. 

 

The economic benefits from the industry are wide ranging and are felt across Scotland including areas that are not traditionally associated with it such as the Central Belt.

 

The report estimates that if the 2020 industry production target of 223,000 tonnes is met it could have a turn-over value of £2 billion to the Scottish economy and support 10,000 jobs.

 

Other findings include:

Direct production alone contributed a turn-over of at least £550 million to the Scottish economy and 2,800 jobs in 2012Including added income across the country the industry is currently estimated to contribute a turn-over of £1.4 billion and 8,000 jobs in ScotlandSignificant improvements have been made to the environmental impact of the industry and compares well with other animal production industriesQuality and high value is Scottish aquaculture’s trump card"


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John Bostock's curator insight, May 20, 2014 1:22 PM

This may be a bit parochial, but a welcome study on the Scottish Aquaculture Industry that will provide good insight into the industry and economic factors for all students of aquaculture