Expanding mariculture farther offshore
Technical, environmental, spatial and governance challenges

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Rome 2013


Lovatelli, A., Aguilar-Manjarrez, J. & Soto, D. eds. 2013. CDROM. New edition, expanded.
Expanding mariculture farther offshore – Technical, environmental, spatial and governance challenges. FAO Technical Workshop. 22–25 March 2010. Orbetello, Italy.
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Proceedings No. 24. Rome, FAO.

This document contains the proceedings of the technical workshop entitled "Expanding mariculture farther offshore: technical, environmental, spatial and governance challenges" held from 22 to 25 March 2010, in Orbetello, Italy, and organized by the Aquaculture Branch of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The objective of this workshop was to discuss the growing need to transfer land-based and coastal aquaculture production systems farther off the coast and provide recommendations for action to FAO, governments and the private sector. Offshore mariculture is likely to offer significant opportunities for food production and development to many coastal countries, especially in regions where the availability of land, nearshore space and freshwater are limited resources. The workshop report highlights the major opportunities and challenges for a sustainable mariculture industry to grow and further expand off the coast. Furthermore, it recommended that FAO should provide a forum through which the potential importance of the sea in future food production can be communicated to the public and specific groups of stakeholders and to support FAO Members and industry in the development needed to expand mariculture to offshore locations.

This CD–ROM publication includes the workshop report, six reviews covering technical, environmental, economic and marketing, policy and governance issues, and two case studies on highfin amberjack (Seriola rivoliana) offshore farming in Hawaii (the United States of America) and one on salmon farming in Chile. As an additional output derived from the workshop, FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper No. 549 entitled "A global assessment of offshore mariculture potential from a spatial perspective" is also included.

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