Sustainability performance indicators for suspended bivalve aquaculture activities

Gibbs, Mark T. (2007) Sustainability performance indicators for suspended bivalve aquaculture activities. Ecological Indicators, 7(1), pp. 94-107.

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Investigations into interactions between suspended bivalve farms and the marine environment generally focus on effects to the seafloor beneath farms. This is appropriate in situations where the level of development will be determined by the ability of the growing environment to absorb waste products, such as in the case for finfish culture operations. By contrast, sea-based suspended bivalve culture development is more often controlled by the ability of the water-column environment to supply particulate food material. Therefore, there is a need to develop methodologies and frameworks for assessing the 'scope for growth' of bivalve culture, and the level of environmental interactions associated with particular development levels. The work presented here details a set of functional performance indicators that can be used to assess the level of interactions between the culture and the water-column growing environment, and also the farmed biomass with respect to carrying capacity milestones.

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ID Code: 97808
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Carrying capacity, Environmental performance indicators, Mussel farms, New Zealand, Sustainable aquaculture, Food products, Sustainable development, Bivalve culture development, Finfish culture, Marine environment, Water-column environment, Aquaculture, bivalve, environmental indicator, resource development, shellfish culture, sustainability, water column, Bivalvia
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2005.10.004
ISSN: 1470-160X
Divisions: Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Copyright Owner: 2007 Elsevier
Deposited On: 03 Aug 2016 02:17
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2016 01:17

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