Demand for seafood is increasing with human population while demand per capita is also increasing, but fishing yields have hit a ceiling. Aquaculture has been identified as the solution to humanity's growing demand for protein. The industry has been experiencing a surge in popularity and growth of 8% per year for the past decade. As production from fish farms accelerates it is important to understand the negative impacts to best inform further progress. We are only beginning to understand the potential effects (positive and negative) of the wide variety of aquaculture practices on important coastal ecosystems and societies, and know even less about how to properly mitigate any potential damage from these practices.  

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Balinese prawn farms replace important mangrove nursery habitat

Balinese prawn farms replace important mangrove nursery habitat

Zambian woman applies processed feed to her tilapia ponds

Zambian woman applies processed feed to her tilapia ponds

 A woman cries after thousands of fish died from pollution at her farm in China

 A woman cries after thousands of fish died from pollution at her farm in China

Learn more about these costs and benefits on our aquaculture page