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Managing aquaculture the way ahead?

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20 May 1999

Managing aquaculture — the way ahead?

‘The challenge for Australian aquaculture today is to identify the management measures needed to head off future resource conflicts’. AS ARE’s Executive Director, Dr Brian Fisher, said today when releasing AB ARE’s research report, Aquaculture Policy: Selected Experiences From Overseas. The report identifies and assesses the management instruments used overseas to manage aquacultural resource use.

Dr Fisher noted that while regulatory instruments dominated the management measures used overseas, they could not always be relied on to ensure efficient resource use. Referring to bans, standards and zones for managing aquaculture, he said, ‘such regulations sometimes take the onus of responsibility for environmentally sensitive production out of the hands of aquaculture operators, rather than encouraging them to develop and adopt environmentally friendly methods of production’.

Dr Fisher said that further socioeconomic research could be used to develop more efficient management. In particular, Australia should consider extending the use of economic instruments for allocating resources. For example, bidding systems could be used for site allocation. Dr Fisher also noted that Australia needed regular monitoring

and evaluation to ensure the effectiveness of aquaculture policy instruments.

For further information, contact Paula Holland on (02) 6272 2090.

For copies o f Research Report 99.7, Aquaculture Policy: Selected Experiences from Overseas contact

Publication Orders on 1800 244 129 or visit ABARE’s web site at

For general media enquiries, contact Margaret Day on (02) 6272 2260 or on 018 487 825.

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