Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology

2012 Edition
| Editors: Robert A. Meyers

Aquaculture, Ecological

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0851-3_172

Definition of Ecological Aquaculture

Ecological aquaculture is an alternative model of aquaculture development that uses ecological principles as the paradigm for the development of aquaculture [ 1, 2]. Ecological aquaculture plans, designs, develops, monitors, and evaluates aquatic farming ecosystems that preserve and enhance the form and functions of the natural and social environments in which they are situated. Ecological aquaculture farms are integrated “aquaculture ecosystems ” designed to deliver both economic and social profit (Fig. 1).
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Oceanography, Rhode Island Sea, Grant College ProgramUniversity of Rhode Island, URI Bay CampusNarragansettUSA