Guidelines on assessing and minimizing the possible impacts from the use of non-indigenous species in aquaculture.
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Mediterranean and Black Sea aquaculture is a fast-growing sector that is becoming crucial for food security, employment opportunities and economic growth. To maintain this level of development and to enhance these important benefits, the sector tends to rely on non-indigenous species to diversify the range of species being farmed, adapt to climate change and open up new markets. However, the use of non-indigenous species can also have adverse impacts on biodiversity, natural habitats, ecosystems and related ecosystem services if not managed safely. Countries bordering the Mediterranean and the Black Sea share common aquatic ecosystems and, as a result, any local-scale environmental impacts could have wider impacts. While various aquaculture development plans and strategies exist within the GFCM area of application, the shared ecosystems within the region and the resulting risk of wider impacts underline the need for a common regional framework on aquaculture practices related to the us.....
PublisherGeneral Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)2.4
Spatial CoverageMediterranean Sea
CitationFAO (2023) Guidelines on assessing and minimizing the possible impacts from the use of non-indigenous species in aquaculture. Rome, Italy, General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean, 32pp. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4060/cc3207en
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