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Trends and Patterns of the Seaweed Industry and Its Links with SDGs

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Aquaculture refers to the farming of aquatic organisms, including fish, mollusks, crustaceans, and aquatic plants. Farming implies some form of intervention in the rearing process to enhance production, such as regular stocking, feeding, protection from predators, etc. Farming also indicates individual or corporate ownership of the stock being cultivated. For statistical purposes, aquatic organisms which are harvested by an individual or corporate body and are owned by them throughout their rearing period contribute to aquaculture. Aquatic organisms, however, which are exploitable by the public, as a common property resource, with or without appropriate licenses, are the harvest of fisheries (FAO 1988). Seaweed is the common name for countless species of marine plants and algae that grow in the ocean (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration US Department of Commerce 2018).


The aquaculture industry has been around for decades, and the value of the...

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We would like to thank Ms Juliet Dhanraj, Ryerson University, Canada, for her comments on the script. Our special thanks to the team of the United Kingdom Research and Innovation – Global Challenges Research Fund (UKRI-GCRF) “GlobalSeaweedSTAR” Program (Grant No. BB/P027806/1). We would like to thank the Director of UNU-CRIS: Dr. Philippe De Lombaerde for supporting the GlobalSeaweedSTAR program.

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Wale, C., Nagabhatla, N., Yeojin, K., Cottier-Cook, E.J. (2022). Trends and Patterns of the Seaweed Industry and Its Links with SDGs. In: Leal Filho, W., Azul, A.M., Brandli, L., Lange Salvia, A., Wall, T. (eds) Life Below Water. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer, Cham.

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