Certifying farmed seafood – a drop in the ocean or a ‘stepping-stone’ towards increased sustainability?
The sustainable seafood movement has gained increased momentum during recent years and while most eco-labelled seafood originates from capture fisheries, the fastest growth of seafood eco-certification can be observed in the aquaculture sector. The extent to which certification have overall positive environmental impacts however remains uncertain. This chapter provides an overview of the existing literature on aquaculture eco-certification and the current knowledge on environmental and social short term effects and long term impacts. Key limitations and challenges are outlined as well as the potential of certification to play a larger role in the endeavour towards more sustainable aquaculture.
Five prerequisites for certification to deliver significant positive environmental impacts are outlined: (i) increased global coverage, both in terms of species and systems certified and markets targeted for certification, (ii) inclusion of small-scale producers and less well performing producers with respect to environmental impact, (iii) mechanisms implemented to ensure a continuous improvement of certification standards, (iv) additionality to conventional state-led regulation and, (v) capacity to support production systems characterized by strong sustainability.
Research news | 2022-07-01
Human actions drastically alter river flows
Diminishing water flows may jeopardize the lives of millions of people that depend on the rivers for food production, energy or sanitation
Research news | 2022-06-30
Dig into our resilience-inspired pop culture summer tips
Find your summer inspiration with one of these Anthropocene-themed books, podcasts, and movies
Research news | 2022-06-29
Seafood industry collaboration launches first progress report
SeaBOS, a science-business collaboration including ten of the world's largest seafood companies, reflect on first five years of work
Research news | 2022-06-29
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences to host new Anthropocene Biosphere Laboratory
60 million SEK initiative will boost new forms of collaborations and engage with the entire spectrum of science
Research news | 2022-06-28
Centre contributes to Vatican conference on climate resilience
The Pontifical Academy of Sciences will bring researchers, policy makers and faith leaders together to understand the scientific and societal challenges of climate change
Research news | 2022-06-27
Sand extraction: the biggest resource crisis you’ve never heard about
Sand is the world’s most exploited mineral but little is known about the industry behind it