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Catalysing investment in sustainable aquaculture

This report from US charity The Nature Conservancy explores how private investors can help to meet the demand for sustainable seafood by investing in new forms of aquaculture that have lower negative environmental impacts than conventional aquaculture.

The three main investment opportunities identified by the report are:

  1. Seaweed and bivalve farming systems, which require few inputs and can restore degraded habitats by providing habitats for other marine species.
  2. On-land finfish recirculating aquaculture systems, which are physically separated from marine environments and allow for the treatment of waste water before it is returned to the environment.
  3. Offshore finfish systems, which can avoid damaging critical marine habitats by being placed relatively far from the coast in deep, nutrient-poor waters with strong currents.

Read the full report, Towards a blue revolution: Catalysing private investment in sustainable aquaculture production systems, here. See also the video What are the trends in aquaculture value chain research? in the Foodsource video library.

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North America is the northern subcontinent of the Americas covering about 16.5% of the Earth's land area. This large continent has a range of climates spanning Greenland’s permanent ice sheet and the dry deserts of Arizona. Both Canada and the USA are major food producers and some of the largest food exporters in the world. Industrial farms are the norm in North America, with high yields relative to other regions and only 2% of the population involved in agriculture.

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