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Aquaculture and Freshwater Fisheries

Today, approximately a third of seafood is grown in aquaculture, and that number rises to half if seafood raised for animal feed is included. As the fastest growing source of animal protein on the planet, aquaculture is widely touted as critical for meeting growing demands for food. Although aquaculture avoids some of the climate impacts associated with wild fish harvesting, others (e.g., ocean acidification) are equally challenging. Indeed, the current predominance of aquaculture facilities in estuaries and bays may exacerbate some of the impacts of ocean acidification (Miller et al., 2009). In addition, since different forms of aquaculture may require a variety of other natural resources such as water, feed, and energy to produce seafood, there may be much broader indirect impacts of climate change on this rapidly growing industry.

Fisheries And Aquaculture Production

Over one billion people around the world rely on seafood as their primary source of protein, and roughly three billion people obtain at least 15 percent of their total protein intake from seafood (FAO, 2009). Global demand for seafood is growing at a rapid rate, fueled by increases in human population, affluence, and dietary shifts (York and Gossard, 2004). While demand for seafood is increasing, the catch of wild seafood has been declining slightly for 20 years (Watson and Pauly, 2001). Meeting the growth in demand has only been possible by rapid growth in marine aquaculture. The United States consumes nearly five billion pounds of seafood a year, ranking it third globally behind China and Japan. This large consumption, however, comes primarily from fish caught outside the nation's boundary waters. Nearly 85 percent of U.S. consumption is imported, and that fraction is increasing (Becker, 2010). Therefore, consumption of food from the sea links the United States to nearly all the...

Climate Change Impacts on Fisheries and Aquaculture Are Less Well Understood

Aquaculture is growing rapidly in the United States and elsewhere as the availability of wild seafood declines. Impacts of climate change on aquaculture are not well studied, but ocean acidification and the difficulty of moving aquaculture infrastructure to new locations as fish habitats shift may pose significant challenges to aquaculture production.

Application of Ion Exchange

Aplication Ion Exchange

Many industries discharge waste water with high concentrations of ammonium, as referred to in Section 7.6. Ion exchange is, however, not a very attractive treatment method for removal of high ammonium concentrations, because the regeneration becomes more frequent and the operation costs are very dependent on the elution frequency. As air stripping becomes more attractive the higher the concentration of ammonium is, these types of industrial waste waters are probably better treated by biological methods or by air stripping at least from an economic's point of view. Ion exchange is an attractive method particularly for concentrations up to 100 mg l (Haralambous et al, 1992) and for waste water and drinking water, which do not contain sufficient organics to allow a biological treatment. Ion exchange has furthermore been applied for removal of ammonium from water in recycling aquaculture plants. The advantage Is here the low ammonium concentration, which makes it attractive to use ion...

Land Treatment Systems

Waste Water Infiltration System Canada

There are two major categories of reuse of wastewater, which have been practiced throughout the world potable use and nonpotable use. The potable use of wastewater mainly includes injecting reclaimed water to the drinking water supply after multiple levels of treatments, or using natural systems (including land applications) to treat wastewater directly. Nonpotable uses of wastewater are many direct irrigation of agriculture fields using food wastewater with low BOD5 and TSS irrigation of parks, forests, or golf courses with low-load wastewater and use for aquaculture are the most promising examples. In many areas of the world, wastewater reuse has been practiced using a combination of treatment technologies that achieve a very high degree of treatment. Many states in the western U.S. have, over the past 20 years, been treating wastewater to tertiary treatment standards and then allowing the wastewater to be reused for irrigation or for recharge to groundwater aquifers. Although this...

Other Activities of Caulerpa Preparations

Paul and de Nys (2008) studied the possible use of Caulerpa species bioreme-diation in an integrated plant-animal tropical aquaculture. Marine macroalgae with high growth rates can effectively strip nutrients from marine aquaculture effluent. Because Caulerpa spp., as bloom-forming green tide algae, have high growth rates and are free floating, these seaweeds offer to be an excellent option for culture in settlement ponds, the most common bioremediation infrastructure in tropical aquaculture. Especially, since certain isolates of C. racemosa are consumed by humans as 'sea grape', it can be speculated that one aquaculture might provide two commercially interesting products - fish and edible algae. This would maximise profit and simultaneously reduce pollutants (Paul and de Nys, 2008).

Phytoplankton increased reflectance

Gower et al. suggest that the MERIS 709 nm band provides an important tool for the detection of intense algal blooms, phenomena of great significance - because they are so often toxic -for aquaculture. In a later study, Gower et al. (2008) report that with this technique they find an average of about one plankton bloom event somewhere in the world on any given day.

Types of Freshwater Ecosystem Services

Benthic organisms in lakes and rivers provide food production mostly through the dependence of fish production on invertebrate prey and nutrient cycling. Globally about 8 X 106 tons of freshwater fish are harvested, with double that amount produced by aquaculture (FAO 1995). Productivity of these fisheries will, in part, depend upon benthic production directly (e.g., consumption of benthic invertebrates or aquatic plants) or indirectly (e.g., benthic mineralization of nutrients). For Beavers play an important role in wetland landscapes as ecosystem engineers, creating a tremendous expansion of wetlands that otherwise would not have existed. Beaver harvests have averaged 400,000 pelts per year over the past century in North America (Novak et al. 1987). Alligators are also harvested for their pelts and meat, generating over US 16 million in a single year in the state of Louisiana, USA (Mitsch & Gosselink 2000). Crayfish aquaculture has also become an important use...

Nutrient Cycling and Productivity of Lakes Lake Mendota Wisconsin United States

These integrative studies led to new questions about how management can enhance ecosystem services in freshwater bodies How are distinct ecosystems, with apparently clearly defined surface boundaries (e.g., small ponds, large lakes, and rivers), interconnected hydrologically over time and space How might these linked ecosystems function and affect each other in predictable ways Why must fisheries biologists add fertilizers to increase fish production in some locations (hatcheries, aquaculture ponds) when water-quality engineers are designing treatment plants to remove nutrients in other downstream locations (groundwaters, rivers, and lakes) Is production of fish for food versus recreation a necessary trade-off Or can aquatic ecosystems be managed to optimize complex production functions Can natural processes of nutrient cycling and organic-matter breakdown provide supplemental services that could save construction of new treatment plants Answers to such questions have emphasized that...

Box 62 Examples of extreme water level simulations for impact studies

Chittagong Water Level

Deltas have long been recognised as highly sensitive to sea-level rise (Ericson et al., 2006 Woodroffe et al., 2006) (Box 6.3). Rates of relative sea-level rise can greatly exceed the global average in many heavily populated deltaic areas due to subsidence, including the Chao Phraya delta (Saito, 2001), Mississippi River delta (Burkett et al., 2003) and the Changjiang River delta (Liu, 2002 Waltham, 2002), because of human activities. Natural subsidence due to autocompaction of sediment under its own weight is enhanced by sub-surface fluid withdrawals and drainage (Table 6.1). This increases the potential for inundation, especially for the most populated cities on these deltaic plains (i.e., Bangkok, New Orleans and Shanghai). Most of the land area of Bangladesh consists of the deltaic plains of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers. Accelerated global sea-level rise and higher extreme water levels (Box 6.2) may have acute effects on human populations of Bangladesh (and parts of...

Learning and adapting to surprise

It seems likely that nutrient enrichment and salmonid introductions will cause Chilean lakes to resemble many mesotrophic lakes around the world, both biologically and functionally. If the goal of lake management in Chile is to preserve options for the future, then nutrient loads should be controlled and introductions of exotic species should be minimized. Nutrient controls could take the form of phosphorus discharge quotas which can be traded on the open market. Species introductions could be constrained by focusing aquaculture on a limited number of lakes.

HANPP and Biodiversity Theoretical Considerations

Mechanisms of human impacts on biodiversity have been grouped into overexploitation of wild living resources expansion of agriculture, forestry, or aquaculture habitat loss and fragmentation indirect negative effects of species introduced by humans pollution and global climate change (McNeely et al. 1995). Because HANPP is an indicator for changes in terrestrial ecosystems caused by land use, it refers mostly to expansion of agriculture, forestry, or aquaculture and habitat loss and fragmentation, which are closely related.

Estuarine and Continental Shelf Sediments

Although estuarine sediments contain few species relative to most other sedimentary habitats, they nonetheless represent hotspots for ecosystem processes that can extend well beyond the estuarine sediments. Of the ecosystem goods and services associated with shelf and nearshore ocean areas, people are most aware of provisioning of food (e.g., fish and shellfish), which has huge commercial and cultural importance in coastal societies worldwide. Even aquaculture businesses often rely on wild (natural) fisheries (e.g., for fishmeal) or natural supply of food (e.g., phytoplankton) for aquaculture species and, in some cases, for provision of brood and juvenile stocks. Marine plants are used as food, particularly in Asia, and seaweed extracts such as alginates and other phycocolloids are used in many industrial and food applications (e.g., manufacture of films, rubber, linoleum, cosmetics, paints, cheeses, lotions). The living components of estuarine systems provide not only the primary and...

Costs and other socioeconomic aspects

Water supply (see Chapter 3, Section 3.5), and coastal forests, agriculture and aquaculture (see Chapter 5, Section 5.6). The following section focuses on evaluating the socio-economic consequences of sea-level rise, storm damage and coastal erosion. opportunities for increased use of fishing vessels and coastal shipping facilities (see Chapter 15, Section, expansion of areas suitable for aquaculture (see Chapter 5, Section, reduced hull strengthening and icebreaking costs, and the opening of new ocean routes due to reduced sea ice. Countries with large land areas generally benefit from competitive advantage effects (Bosello et al., 2004).

Global water use trends Ever increasing

Water use in agriculture, whether for livestock husbandry, aquaculture or crop production, has also affected water quality. Soil erosion, salinization, sedimentation, and nutrient and pesticide pollution have contributed to a decline in water quality in many of the world's river systems and coastal zones.

Negative Impacts Of Antithamnionella Spirographidis On Biodiversity And Humans

343, 375 Antitumor, 389 Antiviral, xvii, 388, 390 Aquaculture, 35, 36, 40, 227, 255, 272-277, 307-316, 322, 333, 343, 344, 346-350, 359-368, 375, 393 Aquatic biota, 203, 310 Aquatic crops, 360 95-112, 162 Geological time-scale, 5 Georeferencing, 98-100, 108, 109 Glacial cycle(s), 7, 13, 34 Glacio-hydro-isostatic change, 5 Global aquaculture, 312, 365-367 Global change, 23, 43, 95, 100, 105, marine aquaculture IMTA farms, 275, 313, 315, 363 Indoor system, 377-380 Integrated multi-trophic marine aquaculture (IMTA), 274-277, 307-316, 347-350, 361, 363,367 Intensive aquaculture, 274, 350 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 9, 12, 13, 53, 73, 159, 310 173, 269 Monocious, 324 Monoculture, 279, 312, 367 Monoecious species, 341, 344 Monospecies aquaculture, 313 Monostromatic, 342 Monotheism, 403, 407 Moral, 404-406, 412, 413, 417, 418, 430, Seaweed(s), xvii-xviii, 33, 61, 73, 95, 117, 149, 185, 202, 219, 236, 255, 287, 308, 321, 342, 359, 389, 426 aquaculture, 343, 361-363, 367...

Assumptions about future trends in climate food forestry and fisheries

Impact This Current Rain

Global fish production for food is forecast to increase from now to 2020, but not as rapidly as world demand. Per capita fish consumption and fish prices are expected to rise, with wide variations in commodity type and region. By 2020, wild-capture fisheries are predicted to continue to supply most of the fish produced in sub-Saharan Africa (98 ), the USA (84 ) and Latin America (84 ), but not in India (45 ) where aquaculture production will dominate (Delgado et al., 2003). All countries in Asia are likely to produce more fish between 2005 and 2020, but the rate of increase will taper. Trends in capture fisheries (usually zero growth or modest declines) will not unduly endanger overall fish supplies however, any decline of fisheries is cause for concern given the projected growth in demand (Briones et al., 2004). 'Subsistence and smallholder agriculture' is used here to describe rural producers, predominantly in developing countries, who farm using mainly family labour and for whom...

Introduction importance scope and uncertainty Third Assessment Report summary and methods

The scope of this chapter, with a focus on food crops, pastures and livestock, industrial crops and biofuels, forestry (commercial forests), aquaculture and fisheries, and smallholder and subsistence agriculturalists and artisanal fishers, is to Aquaculture and fisheries Increases in seawater temperature have been associated with increases in diseases and algal blooms in the aquaculture industry.

Increasing Human Utilisation Of The Coastal Zone

The structure and ecological functions of natural systems are altered as a result of population growth, and ecological services provided by coastal systems are often disrupted directly or indirectly by human activities. For example, tropical and subtropical mangrove forests provide goods and services because they accumulate and transform nutrients, support rich ecological communities of fish and crustaceans, attenuate waves and storm surge impacts, and their root systems trap and bind sediments 29,30 . Large-scale conversions of coastal mangrove forests to shrimp aquaculture have occurred during the past three decades along the coastlines of Asia and Central America 31 , and the decline or loss of mangrove forests reduces all of these ecosystem services 32 . Similar reductions of temperate salt marshes and wetlands in deltas are often linked to direct land use change 33,34 . Hence, on those developed coasts that have experienced disproportionately rapid expansion of settlements, urban...

Largescale Salinity Changes

Global warming may be one of the processes that is contributing to this shift. A study conducted by Ruth Curry (at Woods Hole), Bob Dickson (of the Centre for Environment, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Sciences, in the United Kingdom), and Igor Yashayaev (at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, in Nova Scotia, Canada) suggests that an acceleration of Earth's global water cycle can cause far-reaching effects, leading to droughts, floods, and storms. In addition to the current melting of polar glaciers, the influence of global warming enhances the pro

Pretreatments to extraction

Cellular disruption greatly enhances the bioavailability of compounds and has been found to be necessary for recovering intracellular products from microalgae (Kyle, 1996 Robles Medina et al., 1998). High-pressure homogenizers, agitation of biomass with glass beads and even ultrasonifica-tion have been studied (O'Brien et al., 1993 Cheng et al., 1999). Different cellular disruption techniques were assessed for acetone recovery of the carotenoid astaxanthin from cells of Haematococcus pluvialis, a microalga used in the aquaculture industry (Robles Medina et al., 1998) (Fig. 10.4). Biomass that underwent more physical pretreatments, autoclaving and homogenizing, produced three times as much astaxanthin as the other chemical treatments. These physical alterations increased the total amount of carotenoids produced by up to four times compared with the intact cells. The chemical treatments with acid, alkali and enzymes only slightly increased carotenoid extraction from 4 mg g dry weight of...

Handling or not Handling the Food Crisis

Following a meeting of African experts in December 2001 in Rome, the ministers for agriculture met at the FAO Regional Conference for Africa in Cairo in February 2002, and again in Maputo just before the July 2003 African Union Summit. On that occasion, the heads of state and government adopted the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and its companion documents prepared with the support of the FAO (African Union, 2003). The programme requires an investment of US 25 billion per year for water control, rural infrastructure, trade capacity, increased crop production and reduced hunger, agricultural research and the dissemination of technology, animal production, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture. In this context, 51 African countries, with the support of the FAO, prepared national medium-term investment programmes (NMTIPs) and bankable investment project profiles (BIPPs).

Sources of further information and advice

Johnson, h. m. and Associates (2002), Market Outlook in the International Fish and Seafood Sector Alternative Products Uses and Food Safety Issues. Prepared for the Canadian Office of the Commissioner for Aquaculture Development (Fisheries and Oceans) by H.M. Johnson & Associates. killer, s. (Ed.) (1990), Making Profits out of Seafood Wastes, Proceedings of the International Conference on Fish By-Products, Anchorage, Alaska, Alaska Sea Grant Program, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska. bechtel, p. j. (Ed.) (2003), Advances in Seafood Byproducts. 2002 Conference Proceedings, Alaska Sea Grant Program, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska.

How Can We Stop The Degradation Of The Oceans

The tools for effective management of wild fisheries are well established (Beddington et al., 2007 Hilborn, 2007), and there are encouraging examples of success (Safina et al., 2005). Nevertheless, the required actions have rarely been implemented (Rosenberg et al., 2006). In contrast, subsistence overfishing in developing nations is commonly a matter of survival, so that alternative sources of protein and livelihood are required to bring the situation under control (McClanahan et al., 2006 Hilborn, 2007). More fundamentally, however, wild fisheries cannot possibly sustain increasing global demand regardless of how well they are managed. Industrial scale aquaculture of species low on the food chain is the only viable alternative. But this in turn will require strong new regulation to prevent harmful ecosystem consequences such as the destruction of mangroves for shrimp farms and the impacts on wild salmon populations caused by the explosion of parasitic copepods that infect salmon...

Society Issues Painkiller Solutions Dependence and Sustainable Agriculture

Abstract Here I tackle three major issues, climate change, financial crisis and national security, to disclose the weak points of current remedies and propose sustainable solutions. Global warming and the unexpected 2008 financial crisis will undoubtedly impact all nations. Treating those two critical issues solely by painkiller solutions will fail because only adverse consequences are healed, not their causes. Therefore, all sources of issues must be treated at the same time by enhancing collaboration between politicians and scientists. Furthermore, the adverse consequences of globalisation of markets for energy, food and other goods have been overlooked, thus deeply weakening the security of society structures in the event of major breakdowns. Therefore, dependence among people, organisations and nations must be redesigned and adapted to take into account ecological, social and security impacts. Solving climate, financial and security issues can be done by using tools and principles...

Developing New Technologies

Finally, as discussed in Chapter 10, there are a number of potential options for reducing GHG emissions from the agricultural, fisheries, and aquaculture sectors through new technologies or management strategies. Development of new fertilizers and fertilizer management strategies that reduce emissions of N2O is one area of interest one that may also yield benefits in terms of agricultural contributions to other forms of pollution. Reducing CH4 emissions through changes in rice technologies or ruminant feed technologies are two additional areas of active research. Further research is needed in these and other areas, and also on the effectiveness, costs and benefits, and perceptions of farmers, fish stock managers, and consumers when considering implementation of new technologies in these sectors.

Biological Sciences Series

Seed Technology and its Biological Basis Edited by M. Black and J.D. Bewley Leaf Development and Canopy Growth Edited by B. Marshall and J.A. Roberts Environmental Impacts of Aquaculture Edited by K.D. Black Herbicides and their Mechanisms of Action Edited by A.H. Cobb and R.C. Kirkwood The Plant Cell Cycle and its Interfaces Edited by D. Francis

Direct Effects Of Climate Change

Rising sea levels increase the risk of coastal flooding. The largest flood risk and saltwater intrusion potential is in south and Southeast Asia. Vegetable production, aquaculture below sea-level, and coastal fisheries are going to be most severely affected. The effects from rising sea levels are amplified by increased anticipated short periods of extreme rainfall, as well as on and offshore storm episodes. Rising sea levels will negatively impact food security in south Asia, coastal zones in Africa, as well as island-states worldwide. Major affected food production centers in delta regions are found in Vietnam, Bangladesh, India, and Thailand. In some areas, coastal land can be replaced by converting upland areas with increased temperatures to agricultural land, although population movement towards urban centers at coasts and in delta regions may result in large negative impacts for the small farm production sector. Saltwater intrusion may further negatively impact irrigation systems...

Climate Change And Sea Level Rise

Bergen Belsen

Rising water levels put the 634 million people who live within 30 ft. (9 m.) of sea level at risk for higher storm surges, coastal erosion, loss of agricultural and aquacultural land, loss of tourism, and a decline in soil and groundwater quality. Several small islands in the Pacific and Indian oceans, most notably the island nation of Tuvalu and the Maldives, are already seeing anomalous flooding and higher tides. Residents of these islands may be the first in a long line of climate refugees to come.

Executive summary

Projected sea-level rise is very likely to result in significant losses of coastal ecosystems and a million or so people along the coasts of South and South-East Asia will likely be at risk from flooding (high confidence) . Sea-water intrusion due to sea-level rise and declining river runoff is likely to increase the habitat of brackish water fisheries but coastal inundation is likely to seriously affect the aquaculture industry and infrastructure particularly in heavily-populated megadeltas (high confidence), . Stability of wetlands, mangroves and coral reefs around Asia is likely to be increasingly threatened (high confidence), 10.6.1 . Recent risk analysis of coral reef suggests that between 24 and 30 of the reefs in Asia are likely to be lost during the next 10 years and 30 years, respectively (medium confidence) .

Current sensitivityvulnerability

Few of the world's coastlines are now beyond the influence of human pressures, although not all coasts are inhabited (Buddemeier et al., 2002). Utilisation of the coast increased dramatically during the 20th century, a trend that seems certain to continue through the 21st century (Section 6.3.1). Coastal population growth in many of the world's deltas, barrier islands and estuaries has led to widespread conversion of natural coastal landscapes to agriculture, aquaculture, silviculture, as well as industrial and residential uses (Valiela, 2006). It has been estimated that 23 of the world's population lives both within 100 km distance of the coast and

Coastal processes and zones

Although natural accretion rates of mangroves generally compensate for current rates of sea-level rise, of greater concern at present are the impacts of clearance for agriculture, aquaculture (particularly shrimp), forestry and urbanisation. At least 35 of the world's mangrove forests have been removed in the last two decades but possible sea-level rise effects were not considered (Valiela et al., 2001). In south-eastern Australia, mangrove encroachment inland into salt-marsh environments is probably related to anthropogenic causes and climate variability, rather than sea-level rise (Saintilan and Williams, 1999). Landward replacement of grassy freshwater marshes by more salt-tolerant mangroves in the south-eastern Florida Everglades since the 1940s has been attributed to the combined effects of sea-level rise and water management, resulting in lowered watertables (Ross et al., 2000).

Species biodiversity and conservation

What are the circumstances that could have driven the increased emphasis on species Are there different scientific networks involved in the ACIA than are involved with the IPCC Or could the context of the Arctic Council have created a stronger emphasis on these issues than the IPCC One observation is that the emphasis on species is particularly strong in Chapter 7. Arctic Tundra and Polar Desert Ecosystems and Chapter 10. Principles of Conserving the Arctic's Biodiversity. These are also the two chapters that explicitly discuss biodiversity, followed by Chapter 8. Freshwater Ecosystems and Aquaculture, which also scores high on biodiversity. At a rather late stage in the ACIA process the concern raised that biodiversity issues were not treated enough in the

Definition of waste

Fishery and aquaculture products Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1623 2000 of 25 July 2000 laying down detailed rules for implementing Regulation (EC) No. 1493 1999 on the common organization of the market in wine with regard to market Council Directive 2000 13 EC on the approximations of the laws in member

Poverty And Ecocide

Geared mainly to producing for foreign markets.23 Indeed, the blue revolution of aquaculture, and in particular prawn farming in countries such as the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Ecuador, and Mexico, reveals the devastating environmental impact of debt-driven, export-oriented production. Not only has the creation of prawn farms to service the Japanese, US, and European markets entailed the destruction of mangroves and associated coastal breeding grounds for fish, it has also disrupted traditional agriculture. The inflow of salt water due to the elimination of mangroves threatens to lower productivity of adjacent rice fields. The high demand for fresh water leaves little of this most precious resource for rice farming. In some areas, water supplies have dropped precipitously, prompting local authorities to ration it.24

Stabilization Ponds

Facultative Ponds

One of the ancient wastewater treatment technologies, the stabilization pond (also referred to as a lagoon), has been used continuously as a method of sewage disposal. In some cases, these ponds were also utilized for aquaculture. Stabilization ponds are used for both municipal waste-water treatment and industrial wastewater treatment, particularly for wastewaters from small communities and seasonal industrial wastewaters as well as less affluent communities throughout the world (Fig. 6.1). Although stabilization ponds can be used in most regions of human habitation, their performances in treating wastes are at best in warm climates with adequate sunlight. The current interest in waste stabilization ponds (WSPs) is a result of the accidental discovery of their capabilities when WSPs were used initially as simple sedimentation basins or emergence holding ponds at wastewater treatment plants. A WSP is a relatively shallow body of wastewater contained in an earthen man-made basin into...

Economic Uses

Paper and textiles) as well as Epsom salts (MgSO47H2O - agricultural and medicinal uses). Glycerol (used in dynamite and light industry) and p-carotene (used in food and medical industries) are both derived from Dunaliella, a green alga widely present in saline lakes. p-carotene is also derived from the salt tolerant cyanobacteria Spirulina. Finally, Artemia cysts, used as food materials for aquaculture (shrimp, fish, and crabs), are harvested commercially from saline lakes.

Removal of BOD

Because algae are difficult to remove and can represent an unacceptable level of suspended solids in the effluent, some pond and aquaculture processes utilize mechanical aeration as the oxygen source. In partially mixed aerated ponds, the increased depth of the pond and the partial mixing of the somewhat turbid contents limit the development of algae as compared to a facultative pond. Most wetland systems (Chapters 6 and 7) restrict algae growth, as the vegetation limits the penetration of light to the water column.


Barbel (Barbus callensis, B. nasus, B. pallaryi, and Varicorhynus marocannus), Cobitis maroccana and, in the Nile fed lakes, an array of Tilapia species (T. nilotica and T. zillii) represent the main resident species in inland waters of North of the Sahara. These fish are found in a variety of habitats, including oasis and delta lakes. Fish aquaculture is frequently developed for mullet and for Tilapia in the Nile delta lakes. A few species are endemic to the region in the Nile system and include such species as the Nile perch (Lates niloctica). Also in Morocco, there is a local population variety of brown trout (Salmo trutta f. fario and S. trutta macrostigma endemic in Atlas Mountains) in Ifni, Isli, and Tislit lakes (High Atlas, Morocco). Other fish species have been introduced recently to North African freshwaters and these include the common carp (Cyprinus carpio), pike (Esox esox), black bass (Sander lucioperca), rainbow trout (Onchorynchus mykiss), and tench (Tinca tinca)....

Industrial Subsector

The industrial subsector is characterized by a purse seine fleet of about 750 vessels with an average capacity of 225 metric tons, employing about 26,000 fishermen and plant workers. Most of these vessels target small pelagic species (primarily anchovy), of which more than 90 is processed into fishmeal, a flourlike substance high in protein that is then used throughout the world primarily as an animal feed supplement and in aquaculture farming. The majority of nonmanagement laborers are fishing fleet, fishmeal plant, and cannery workers. A significant number also work in associated industries such as net making and repair, engine repair, and shipping services. Most of the women employed in this industry work in the canneries. Throughout the period of commercial fishing, the industrial subsector has wielded strong political influence through lobbying activities and through explicit places at the table within the policy-making process.

Missing Pieces

Small to have a major impact on agricultural production, but increases of more than 1 m, which are possible by the end of the century (Rahmstorf 2007), could result in the inundation of large tracts of low-lying coastal agriculture throughout Asia. Even smaller rises in the near-term could have strong local effects related to saltwater intrusion, with three particularly vulnerable sectors suggested in a recent FAO report vegetable production, which tends to be irrigated in coastal regions, low lying aquaculture, and coastal fisheries (Bruinsma 2003).


The analysis of Chilean lakes points out important uncertainties that could he reduced by targeted research. We do not know the critical loading level of nutrients that destabilizes lake ecosystems and impairs their use. The lakes can probably tolerate some enrichment, but how does risk rise with loading What are the implications of human population growth for water quality, and what steps are necessary to maintain nutrient loading below critical levels So far, aquaculture has reduced fishing pressure on the native piscivore. What are the consequences for populations of the native planktivores and benthos How will naturalization of exotic salmonids alter the food web and overall fishery productivity What pressures will increasing human populations place on aquaculture and the fishery Rapid and undesirable changes in the lakes could be caused by events that are essentially unpredictable. Political pressures could develop to increase stocking of salmonids. An unforeseen species...

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