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Sustainability 2013, 5(9), 3976-3991; doi:10.3390/su5093976

Global Aquaculture Performance Index (GAPI): The First Global Environmental Assessment of Marine Fish Farming

Seafood Ecology Research Group, School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria, PO Box 1700 STN CSC, Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2, Canada
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Received: 16 July 2013 / Revised: 23 August 2013 / Accepted: 23 August 2013 / Published: 17 September 2013

Abstract

“Sustainable” is among the most sought after of all seafood product adjectives. Ironically it is also one of the most poorly defined and understood. The Global Aquaculture Performance Index (GAPI) is the first tool to assess environmental performance of global marine aquaculture production, permitting direct comparison of disparate species, production methods and jurisdictions. Clear patterns emerge from this analysis; significant variation of environmental performance is driven by the species being farmed, significant room for improvement exists across the entire sector, the worst performing players are also the fastest growing, particularly within Asia, and perhaps most importantly, this work highlights the potential trap awaiting policy makers who focus too narrowly on farm production efficiency alone as a solution to diminishing seafood availability. View Full-Text
Keywords: aquaculture; efficiency; marine ecology; performance metrics; seafood; sustainable production aquaculture; efficiency; marine ecology; performance metrics; seafood; sustainable production
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Volpe, J.P.; Gee, J.L.; Ethier, V.A.; Beck, M.; Wilson, A.J.; Stoner, J.M. Global Aquaculture Performance Index (GAPI): The First Global Environmental Assessment of Marine Fish Farming. Sustainability 2013, 5, 3976-3991.

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