Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology

2012 Edition
| Editors: Robert A. Meyers

Aquaculture, Sustainability Science in

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0851-3_175

Definition

There is no one definition of “sustainability ” as the concept applies to aquaculture. Most aquaculture scientists define sustainability as synonymous with “environmental sustainability .” Sustainable aquaculture is however a concept broader than determinations of site-specific environmental impacts since it embodies a scientific knowledge of systematic impacts of aquaculture off-site, and impacts to combined human-environmental systems. Sustainable aquaculture incorporates the concepts of “stewardship,” “design with nature,” the “precautionary principle,” “risk analysis,” and “carrying capacity.” Sustainability science in aquaculture is used to undertake more comprehensive planning for multiple impacts on multiple time and spatial scales to better understand and plan for the consequences of aquaculture development options.

Introduction

“The changes taking place [on planet Earth] are, in fact, changes in the human-nature relationship. They are recent, they are profound, and...

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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
  2. 2.SustainaMetrix, LLCJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA