Mapping existing and emerging low trophic species aquaculture in the Atlantic Region

Åsa Strand, Anton Rydstedt, Erik Lindblom have recently published a report on Environmental Monitoring, Risk Assessment and Sustainability in AquaVitae.


This report aims to provide a common framework for the AquaVitae sustainability and risk assessments, by mapping existing and emerging Low Trophic Sustainable (LTS) aquaculture. To be included, the LTS-system must exist at commercial or near-commercial scale or has been proven as a biologically feasible activity in research or pilot-scale activities in the Atlantic Region. These LTS-systems together form AquaVitae’s so-called assessment domain (AD). Each LTS-system is defined by a unique combination of different domain elements, i.e., geographical sector (Europe, North America, Brazil, or South Africa & Namibia), organism group (brown macroalgae, red/green macroalgae, bivalves, abalone, or echinoderms), production system (land-based ponds and tanks, surface systems or bottom culture systems), production mode (mono- or polyculture), value chain step (seed production or grow-out) and production location (near- or offshore). Data was provided by industry experts from the targeted geographical sectors and supplemented by literature review.

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