Our objectives are:
To identify quantitative and qualitative indicators of the effects of aquaculture on the environment and vice-versa, and to assess their applicability
To develop operational tools, including models, to establish and describe the relationship between environmental conditions and aquaculture activities over a range of ecosystems and aquaculture production systems.
To develop effective environmental impact assessment and site selection methods for coastal area management.
These objectives will be achieved, delivering aspects of the ecosystem approach to the aquaculture sector, by following the tasks outlined below
Identifying and quantifying the most relevant indicators of the interactions (positive and negative) of aquaculture on ecosystem considering physical, chemical and biological factors, and including socio-economy (such as local fisheries) and secondary impacts;
Identifying and quantifying the main driving forces of ecosystem changes influencing the aquaculture sector and to develop the appropriate environmental indicators;
Assessing the applicability of such indicators (efficiency, cost effectiveness, robustness, practicality, feasibility, accuracy, precision, etc) and developing operational tools, e.g. models establishing the functional relationship between environment and aquaculture activities;
Testing and validating these tools in order to include them in a methodology for Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and effective site selection.
Each of these will be presented as integrated workpackages themselves integrated at a higher level to ensure consistency of approach and compatibility of deliverables. To discover the background and outline of each workpackage follow this link - Work Packages.