A global spatial analysis reveals where marine aquaculture can benefit nature and people

Autoři: Seth J. Theuerkauf aff001;  James A. Morris, Jr. aff002;  Tiffany J. Waters aff001;  Lisa C. Wickliffe aff003;  Heidi K. Alleway aff004;  Robert C. Jones aff001
Působiště autorů: Global Oceans Team, The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, Virginia, United States of America aff001;  National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Beaufort, North Carolina, United States of America aff002;  CSS, Inc. under contract to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Beaufort, North Carolina, United States of America aff003;  Department of Primary Industries and Regions, Government of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia aff004;  University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia aff005
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(10)
Kategorie: Research Article
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0222282


Aquaculture of bivalve shellfish and seaweed represents a global opportunity to simultaneously advance coastal ecosystem recovery and provide substantive benefits to humanity. To identify marine ecoregions with the greatest potential for development of shellfish and seaweed aquaculture to meet this opportunity, we conducted a global spatial analysis using key environmental (e.g., nutrient pollution status), socioeconomic (e.g., governance quality), and human health factors (e.g., wastewater treatment prevalence). We identify a substantial opportunity for strategic sector development, with the highest opportunity marine ecoregions for shellfish aquaculture centered on Oceania, North America, and portions of Asia, and the highest opportunity for seaweed aquaculture distributed throughout Europe, Asia, Oceania, and North and South America. This study provides insights into specific areas where governments, international development organizations, and investors should prioritize new efforts to drive changes in public policy, capacity-building, and business planning to realize the ecosystem and societal benefits of shellfish and seaweed aquaculture.

Klíčová slova:

Aquaculture – Coastal ecosystems – Ecosystems – Marine environments – Pollution – Seaweed – Socioeconomic aspects of health – Oysters


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