2nd Edition

Principles of Sustainable Aquaculture Promoting Social, Economic and Environmental Resilience

By Stuart W. Bunting Copyright 2024
    376 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    376 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides an introduction to sustainable aquaculture practices, focusing on how we develop social, economic and environmental resilience.

    Aquaculture has seen phenomenal worldwide growth in the past 50 years, and many people view it as the best solution for the provision of high-quality protein to feed the world's growing population. This new edition has been fully revised and updated to reflect new developments in the field and includes new case studies. Focusing on developing more sustainable aquaculture practices and aquatic food systems, the book provides a toolbox of approaches to support widespread adoption and appropriate adaptation of regenerating aquaculture strategies, ensuring that it has practical relevance for both students and professionals. Drawing on a range of case studies from around the world, the book shows where progress, in terms of developing ecologically sound and socially responsible forms of aquaculture, has been made. The book is based on extensive evidence and knowledge of best practices, with guidance on appropriate adaptation and uptake in a variety of environmental, geographic, socio-economic and political settings. Concentrating on low-impact aquaculture systems and approaches, which have minimal adverse effects on the environment, the book also emphasizes socially responsible and equitable aquaculture development to enhance the natural resource base and livelihoods.

    Principles of Sustainable Aquaculture is essential reading for students and scholars of aquaculture, fisheries, marine and water resource governance, and sustainable agriculture and sustainable food systems more broadly. It will also be of interest to professionals working in the aquaculture and fisheries industries.

    1 Introduction

    2 Resource-conserving and agroecosystem-enhancing aquaculture

    3 Equitable aquaculture development

    4 Sustainable coastal and marine aquaculture

    5 Sustainable rural aquaculture

    6 Sustainable urban and peri-urban aquaculture

    7 Enhancing prospects for sustainable aquaculture development

    8 Promoting an enabling environment


    Stuart W. Bunting, PhD, is an independent researcher, consultant and author who has over 25 years of experience in the fields of aquaculture, food systems, agriculture, biodiversity conservation and fisheries management. He has worked on projects across the globe and undertaken assignments sponsored by international organisations, such as WorldFish, the FAO, the Global Innovation Fund, Asian Development Bank, European Commission, The Crown Estate and the UK Government. He sits on the editorial boards of Frontiers in Aquaculture, Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems and the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability.

    Praise for this edition

    "Expanded sustainable aquaculture production is essential to provide healthy nutrition for the growing global population, and integration of scientific, environmental, and socio-economic considerations is key to its acceptance and success. Bunting provides a detailed, thoughtful, and readable assessment that sets the stage for responsible and sustainable growth and resilience. It should be required reading for researchers, students, managers, and policy makers, and anyone else with an interest in sustainable aquaculture."

    Sandra E. Shumway, Editor-in-Chief Reviews in Fisheries Science and Aquaculture and Journal of Shellfish Research

    Praise for the first edition

    "A synthesis dealing with the social, economic and environmental resilience aspects of this most important food production sector is long overdue. Stuart Bunting has the experience and insights needed to ground the work in field evidence and distil the principles on which future sustainable development of the sector can be based."

    Dr. Malcolm Beveridge, Director of Aquaculture and Genetics at the WorldFish Center, Zambia 

    "Principles of Sustainable Aquaculture is a timely and monumental review of what is required for aquaculture to fulfil its potential to contribute to socially and environmentally sustainable development. It covers the diversity of systems of both developed and developing countries, the theory of and practice for planning and management of the sector, and is replete with real world case studies."

    Dr Peter Edwards, Emeritus Professor, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, and Advisor, Sustainable Farming Systems Program, Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific 

    "Principles of Sustainable Aquaculture presents a valuable landscape of trends in the World’s fastest growing food production sector. Giving a systems perspective, it is a timely balance to the host of recent books on the technological challenges in this dynamic sector, and will support practitioners and policy makers to better understand both the basic underlying concepts and emerging best practices."

    Professor David Little, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, UK

    "Enhanced with Notes, References, and an Index, Principles of Sustainable Aquaculture: Promoting Social, Economic and Environmental Resilience is a seminal work, very highly recommended for professional, governmental, corporate, and academic Environmental Studies reference collections in general, and Agricultural Studies supplemental reading lists in particular."

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