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Certification programmes

As we have seen in step 3.5, different certification programmes result in different labels, such as the blue MSC label and the green ASC label, displayed on the fish that …

Algal blooms

In this video, Prof Davidson from The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) gives us insights on algal blooms, what they are, what cause them and their consequences on fish …

Marine protected areas

In this step, we have interviewed Dr Adrian Macleod from The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), and discussed Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). MPAs are defined geographical areas of the …

Guide for consumers: labels

Three-quarters of European consumers are concerned about the global environment and motivated to live a sustainable life.[1] Sustainable labelling of seafood is meant to be a win-win process for both …

The impact of fisheries on economy and jobs

Fisheries and its associated industries (e.g. packaging, transport etc.) economically support between 10-12% of the world’s population.[1] The “Blue Economy” as a whole, was estimated in 2010 to generate an …

Social cost of cheap seafood

As explored in previous steps, we now know that marine capture fisheries play a crucial role for global food security, and are the primary source of livelihood for close to …

Review and reflect

Thank you for your contributions this week. You started exploring the barriers to sustainable practices, with a focus on wild-capture fisheries. We then discussed the challenges of aquaculture management, through …

Antibiotics in aquaculture

Did you know that aquaculture is the fastest growing food sector worldwide? It now surpasses wild caught fish as the main source of the world’s seafood. The growth of this …

The importance of fish welfare

Fish welfare is really key not only from a public perception standpoint, but also from a productivity standpoint. So a fish that is healthier, that is less stressed will grow …

Challenges with farming healthy fish

With global capture fisheries plateauing, aquaculture offers an important means of underpinning food security. Of the ~500 aquatic species that are farmed all over the world, the Atlantic salmon is …