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Integrating multiple stressors in aquaculture to build the blue growth in a changing sea

  • Autori: Sarà, Gianluca; Mangano, M. Cristina; Johnson, Magnus; Mazzola, Antonio
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2018
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
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Fisheries currently represent the main source of animal protein intake worldwide, although catches of most commercial species are at or beyond maximum sustainable yields. Increasing production would require an excess of exploitation levels and aquaculture is expected to become crucial in sustaining a growing seafood demand. Nonetheless, many threats are expected to affect aquaculture and the increased production must evolve in a way that minimizes environmental and socio-economic impacts. The claimed sustainable development of human activities at sea (blue growth and economy) seeks for new joint analyses and solutions at (trans-)national systemic level should be planned and applied. To meet a sustainable development, both production and management approaches should evolve. Here we propose a conceptual framework to integrate a “downscaling approach” based on functional features of cultivated organisms to accommodate multiple stressors in setting sustainable development standards to design adaptive solutions fitting with the management of marine space.