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NCCOS Helps Identify Global Opportunities for Shellfish and Seaweed Aquaculture

Published on: 09/25/2020
Primary Contact(s): james.morris@noaa.gov

High (green) to low (red) opportunity marine ecoregions for development of (A) shellfish aquaculture and (B) seaweed aquaculture based on the synthesis of all environmental, socioeconomic, and human health factors according to their assigned weights within the restorative aquaculture opportunity index. High opportunity marine ecoregions based on the synthesis of all environmental factors only (C) and (D), socioeconomic factors only (E), and human health factors only (F) according to their assigned weights. See Theuerkauf 2019 et al for details. Credit Theuerkauf et al., 2019.

NCCOS spatial science shows where marine aquaculture can benefit both nature and people, and these findings were highlighted in international aquaculture news. The Global Aquaculture Alliance, a non-governmental organization dedicated to advocacy, education and leadership in responsible aquaculture, recently published a news article Identifying global opportunities for shellfish, seaweed aquaculture. The article summarizes the results from a joint effort by NCCOS and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) published in the journal PLOS ONE.

The highlighted NCCOS/TNC PLOS ONE journal publication identifies marine ecoregions with the greatest potential for development of shellfish and seaweed aquaculture that would simultaneously advance coastal ecosystem recovery and provide substantive benefits to humanity. The study also provides insights on prioritizing efforts to change public policy, build capacity, and demonstrate the ecosystem and societal benefits of shellfish and seaweed aquaculture.

Citation: Theuerkauf, Seth J., James A. Morris Jr., Tiffany J. Waters, Lisa C. Wickliffe, Heidi K. Alleway and Robert C. Jones. 2019. A global spatial analysis reveals where marine aquaculture can benefit nature and people. PLOS ONE, October 9, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0222282

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