About this Research Topic
This Research Topic has been developed in collaboration with Adam St. Gelais and Zach Miller-Hope of the University of New England.
Marine and freshwater food resource systems in capture fisheries and aquaculture are planned, investigated, and managed as if they are independent entities, and nationally controlled. However, these globally important food systems are complex social-ecological systems that share common, international to local concerns about ecosystems, jobs, trade, markets, processing, water quality, genetic diversity, and ecosystem impacts, among many others. The Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has stated “Fisheries and aquaculture interact with increasing intensity as fishers shift from fishing to aquaculture and by competing in the same markets with similar products. The need to integrate planning and management of the two sectors seems vital to their future development and sustainability”.
Comprehensive analyses of marine/aquatic foods are needed to meet the seafood needs of the future, meet sustainable development goals as, more than ever, deep, hyper-local food systems scope globally in a highly interactive way across the seafood economies of Earth.
Manuscripts are welcome in the areas of social-ecological systems in ocean, marine, aquatic, and freshwater foods, the interactions both globally and locally of ocean/aquatic foods systems and trade, advances in ecological aquaculture and permaculture systems including ocean/aquatic subsystems, integrated agriculture-aquaculture farming systems, non-fish meal, microbial or fungi replacements, or algal oils, and agricultural-based feeds and oils, plus advances in restoration and conservation aquaculture, capture-based aquaculture, and aquaculture enhanced fisheries that lead to the implementation of the FAO Ecosystems Approach to Aquaculture.
Keywords: Ecological Aquaculture, Ecological Fisheries, Transdisciplinary Ecosystems Approaches, Aquaculture, Marine Food Systems
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