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Certify Sustainable Aquaculture?

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Science  06 Sep 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6150, pp. 1067-1068
DOI: 10.1126/science.1237314

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  • RE: Certifying professional aquaculturists to complement farm certification?
    • Rodrigue Yossa, Aquaculture Scientist and Editor, Coastal Zones Research Institute Inc.

    Responsible growth in global aquaculture production is crucial to assure the continuous supply of quality food to the ever-increasing world population. An increasingly recognized way to spray responsibility in aquaculture practices is farm certification, in addition to strict environmental and social regulations established mostly by some Governments. While farm certification is gaining momentum worldwide, little attention is paid on setting aquaculture as a profession, where aquaculturist received certain recognition as true professionals. Unlike agronomist or engineers, there is currently no way to verify that a “so-called” aquaculturist hired to conduct an aquaculture production project has the training and experience necessary to reduce investment risk and to limit the short and long run environmental impacts of this project. This situation is arguably attributable to the lack of any national or international certifying body dedicated to professional aquaculturists. The well-thought out certification and continuous re-certification of aquaculturists would help setting professional standards that spur professionalism, sustainability, and ethics in aquaculture practice, and therefore reduce risks in the aquaculture venture. The professional certification of aquaculturists would therefore complement the ongoing global efforts on farm certifications, and together they would continue to stimulate investors’ confidence and public trust for the sustainable development of this...

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