The project aims to make Mediterranean aquaculture more sustainable. (Photo: fundacion-biodiversidad.es)
Indicators defined for sustainable Mediterranean aquaculture
Wednesday, February 09, 2011, 00:50 (GMT + 9)
The Biodiversity Foundation, the Spanish Aquaculture Observatory Foundation (OESA), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Business Association of Marine Aquaculture Producers (Apromar), have developed a guide for sustainability indicators for Mediterranean aquaculture, in the framework of the initiative 'Mediterrane-On'.
The main objective of this paper is to provide members of the aquaculture sector with a first set of measurable and evaluatory indicators to implement in the Mediterranean area.
In accordance with the Biodiversity Foundation, the new guide will advance the sustainability and economic development of a strategic sector in Mediterranean countries like Spain.
"This interdisciplinary work has enabled the analysis of the needs being experienced by the sector and the challenges to ensure that aquaculture is a more consolidated, extended and valued activity in the Mediterranean area," says the Foundation.
This project will develop further during 2011, with the completion of work focused on the implementation of the indicators and the definition of new specific complementary indicators.
During this second phase, 'Mediterrane-On' will work with the General Fisheries Commission of the Mediterranean (CGPM/FAO) in developing a pilot project for selecting sustainability indicators at a local level.
This initiative will take place in Andalusia in the first half of 2011.
By Analia Murias