Policy and Governance in Aquaculture: Lessons Learnt and Way Forward (Paperback)
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Policy and Governance in Aquaculture: Lessons Learnt and Way Forward (Paperback)

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Paperback 275 Pages / Published: 30/08/2016
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This report aims at assisting countries to improve governance of aquaculture activities within their jurisdiction. Many of the concepts and principles are common to other sectors, but have not always been applied to aquaculture because the sector is relatively new. The result of poor governance has been stagnation in certain countries (even where supply and demand conditions are favourable to aquaculture), the spread of preventable diseases, irreversible environmental damage and opposition to aquaculture activities by local communities and groups. This publication argues that the goal of aquaculture governance is sustainability, which requires that ecological and human well-being be reconciled.

Four principles - accountability, effectiveness and efficiency of governments, equity and predictability - are suggested as necessary for effective aquaculture governance. These principles should guide the administration and legislative framework of aquaculture. In addition to governments, other stakeholders such as communities, non-governmental organisations and producers should also be involved in the governance of the industry. They will also be part of aquaculture strategies.

Governance of aquaculture is likely to become more important, and more complex, in the future. There will be challenges intrinsic to the industry such as concentration in the production of certain species, the global evolution to ocean and offshore aquaculture, and the pressure from consumers and the public for more accountability and transparency by industry and governments. In addition, there will be exogenous shocks such as severe weather disruptions. Retail chains will also demand higher quality standards, and traceability for farmed fish, as for other food products, which will create the need for regulatory adjustments, and perhaps oblige governments and producer associations to assist small-scale producers.

Publisher: Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
ISBN: 9789251074442
Number of pages: 275

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