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

Author(s): John P. Volpe | Jennifer L.M. Gee | Valerie A. Ethier | Martina Beck | Amanda J. Wilson | Jenna M.S. Stoner

Journal: Sustainability
ISSN 2071-1050

Volume: 5;
Issue: 9;
Start page: 3976;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: aquaculture | efficiency | marine ecology | performance metrics | seafood | sustainable production

“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.
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