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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The application of science and technology development in shaping current and future aquaculture production systems
Author(s): Bostock, John
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Keywords: aquaculture
Issue Date: Feb-2011
Date Deposited: 10-Aug-2012
Citation: Bostock J (2011) The application of science and technology development in shaping current and future aquaculture production systems. Journal of Agricultural Science, 149 (S1), pp. 133-141.
Abstract: Aquaculture development over the past 50 years has been facilitated largely by the application of science and the introduction of new technologies. Although aquaculture is a very diverse sector in products, production systems and business structures, almost every activity has benefitted from scientific advances. However, the impact of technological progress is most clearly seen where there has also been substantial industrial consolidation. This has provided greater capital resources for investment and a more attractive market for suppliers of innovations to target. It has also encouraged consolidation of research capacity and stronger articulation between private and publicly funded research efforts. Further development along current trajectories is possible through advances in genomics, information technology, materials science and other areas. However, there may also be substantial disruptions if, for instance, energy becomes much more expensive, or large mono-cultures are impacted by climate change. Substantial change could also be driven by policies that aim to bring realistic external costs of environmental services into company accounts. Research into more resilient aquaculture systems that comply more with ecological than financial accounting principles is under way, but will require substantial development to meet the challenges of rising food needs and social aspirations.
DOI Link: 10.1017/S0021859610001127
Rights: Publisher allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in The Journal of Agricultural Science by Cambridge University Press with the following policy: The author may post the VoR version of the article (in PDF or HTML form) in the Institutional Repository of the institution in which the author worked at the time the article was first submitted. Copyright Cambridge Journals, The Journal of Agricultural Science, Volume 149, Supplement S1, February 2011, pp 133-141. DOI:
Notes: Prepared as background for the UK Government Foresight Project on Global Food and Farming Futures

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