Mission Statement of the Working Group Marine Aquaculture

Research towards sustainable and future-oriented Aquaculture

Aquaculture is presently one of the fastest growing food production sectors in the world. This is due to the increasing demand for aquatic products, declining global fishery yields as well as a growing world population. Aquaculture production can partly overcome this resulting gap from the wild.

However, to achieve future sustainable aquaculture development, it is important to foster economic feasible and environmental friendly production systems that minimize the impacts into the environment, avoid the introduction of invasive flora and fauna, as well as to recognize the specific social-ecological carrying capacity as baseline indicators.  By this approach the marine ecosystem is protected whilst providing high-quality products for human consumption.

A primarily goal of our working group is to research along the lines of this mission statement by developing concepts and strategies to improve existing aquaculture systems in their technical, biological and socio-economic realms. Topics addressed range from fundamental and applied research fields and are applied to land-based recirculation systems as well as offshore aquaculture systems. Research funds from our working group is obtained primarily from national parties (such as BMEL; BMU, BMBF; BMWi) and international bodies (EU), as well as from research contracts from the industries and institute resources. Next to scientists and technicians, Bachelor, Master and PhD Students are trained.

Aquaculture Perspective of Multi-Use Sites in the Open Ocean

The Untapped Potential for Marine Resources in the Anthropocene

This volume addresses the potential for combining large-scale marine aquaculture of macroalgae, molluscs, crustaceans, and finfish, with offshore structures, primarily those associated with energy production, such as wind turbines and oil-drilling platforms. The volume offers a comprehensive overview and includes chapters on policy, science, engineering, and economic aspects to make this concept a reality. The compilation of chapters authored by internationally recognized researchers across the globe addresses the theoretical and practical aspects of multi-use, and presents case studies of research, development, and demonstration-scale installations in the US and EU.