|Conservation and aquaculture|
Munford, J.G.; Baxter, J.M. (1992). Conservation and aquaculture, in: De Pauw, N. et al. (Ed.) Aquaculture and the Environment: reviews of the International Conference Aquaculture Europe '91, Dublin, Ireland, June 10-12, 1991. EAS Special Publication, 16: pp. 279-298
In: De Pauw, N.; Joyce, J. (Ed.) (1992). Aquaculture and the Environment: reviews of the International Conference Aquaculture Europe '91, Dublin, Ireland, June 10-12, 1991. EAS Special Publication, 16. European Aquaculture Society: Gent, Belgium. ISBN 90-71625-10-9. 536 pp., more
In: EAS Special Publication. European Aquaculture Society, more
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- Munford, J.G.
- Baxter, J.M.
Conservation of the environment does not mean preservation. Development within the aquatic environment is a legitimate aspiration, as is conservation. Aquaculture affects the natural environment in a variety of ways including a direct impact on the benthos through either smothering or organic enrichment, the addition of dissolved nutrients to the water column, the use of chemicals, the control of predators and the effects on wildlife. These impacts are similar in both the marine and freshwater environments although their individual significance may vary. In some cases these impacts are either reversible or can be ameliorated through site selection and management practices. In other cases however, the impact on the natural environment is not compatible with long term conservation aims and development must be controlled. A scientifically based marine conservation strategy, translated into planning guidelines, can be used to reconcile conservation of the natural environment with aquaculture. Ideally planning decisions should be based on a full appraisal of the available information. The current interest in both marine and freshwater aquaculture has served as an impetus towards a greater understanding of the dynamics of the aquatic environment and its ecology.