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ALTRI PROGRAMMI progetto AquaAccept

Programme: Co-operation Agreement between International Research Institute of Stavanger AS and CNR-ISMAR for the specific Task named “WP3 Socio-environmental recommendations for a sustainable aquaculture in coastal areas”

Project title: Developing novel socio-environmental indicators and management tools for a sustainable aquaculture

Acronym: AquaAccept

Duration: 01/01/2015 – 31/12/2018

EU contribution: -----

ISMAR budget: 118.000 Euro (1.100.000 NOK)

Web site: www.iris.no/research/environment/aquaaccept

Summary:

Around the world, there is an increasing governmental emphasis on developing the aquaculture industry in an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable manner and Norway is moving in the same direction. The main objective of the proposed project is to investigate the acceptable impacts of aquaculture on marine coastal systems. Focus will be biological indicators, social acceptability and integrated management in a multidisciplinary approach. The environmental sustainability of aquaculture will be enhanced through the development of environmental indexes for monitoring, based largely on on-line, real-time tools. The social acceptance for aquaculture will be studied both in Ireland (EU) and in Norway to explore rationalities and priorities present in the different groups and potential conflicts of interests. The environmental and social findings will be merged in a novel managing tool in order to calculate conflict scores, generate matrices of interactions, plot maps, evaluate spatial and/or temporal interactions existing in a specific marine coastal area, calculate overlaps or rank the effects of synergies and conflicts by the calculation of stress levels.

The main objective is to investigate the acceptable impacts of aquaculture on marine coastal systems. Focus will be biological indicators, social acceptability and integrated management.

Secondary objectives:

1. To analyse if the combination of indicators currently used to monitor effects of aquaculture is giving a comprehensive overview of the

environmental status.

2. To verify if the use of novel biological indicators could enhance the sensitivity of the monitoring.

3. To present status of the current social acceptability of aquaculture in fjords.

Contact person in Ismar: g.fabi@ismar.cnr.it

 

Partnership:

  1. International Research Institute of Stavanger - IRIS AS (Norway)
  2. Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit – SEMRU (Ireland)
  3. J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics (Ireland)
  4. National Research Council – Institute of Marine Sciences -CNR-ISMAR (Italy)
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