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Peer Review Status: Unrefereed
Title: A Risk Benefit Analysis of Mariculture as a means to Reduce the Impacts of Terrestrial Production of Food and Energy
Author(s): Roberts, Caroline A
Newton, Richard
Bostock, John
Prescott, Steven
Honey, David J
Telfer, Trevor
Walmsley, Suzannah F
Little, David Colin
Hull, Stephen C
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Citation: Roberts CA, Newton R, Bostock J, Prescott S, Honey DJ, Telfer T, Walmsley SF, Little DC & Hull SC (2015) A Risk Benefit Analysis of Mariculture as a means to Reduce the Impacts of Terrestrial Production of Food and Energy. Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum. World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF). SARF Project Reports, SARF106. Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum.
Keywords: aquaculture
risk-benefit analysis
environmental impact
Issue Date: Dec-2015
Publisher: Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum
Series/Report no.: SARF Project Reports, SARF106
Abstract: The Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum (SARF) and WWF-UK commissioned this study to investigate whether the pressure on land and freshwater for future food and energy resources, and impacts on the climate, related to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, may be reduced through expansion of global mariculture. The study has undertaken a high level assessment of the ‘environmental footprint’ of global mariculture and terrestrial-based food and energy production systems through the collation and assessment of available Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) for key food products (beef, pork, chicken, freshwater finfish, marine finfish, shellfish and crustacean species) and biomass (terrestrial and algal) for energy production. The outputs of the footprint comparison were then used to assess the risks and benefits of increasing global mariculture, through the development of projected future scenarios in which mariculture contributes differing proportions of projected future food requirements. The analysis also qualitatively considered the socio-economic and wider environmental risks and benefits (e.g. in relation to ecosystem services) of global mariculture expansion, where expansion may occur geographically and whether future technological developments may help mitigate against identified impacts. The study identifies the key uncertainties and limitations of the risk/benefit analysis and makes prioritised recommendations on how these limitations can be addressed and the analysis developed for more regional or site-specific assessments.
Type: Research Report
Rights: This publication may be re-used free of charge in any format or medium. It may only be reused accurately and not in a misleading context. All material must be acknowledged as SARF copyright and use of it must give the title of the source publication. Where third party copyright material has been identified, further use of that material requires permission from the copyright holders concerned.
Affiliation: APB Marine Environmental Research
APB Marine Environmental Research
APB Marine Environmental Research
APB Marine Environmental Research

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