Social Dimensions of Marine Aquaculture
Aquaculture as a farming technique as well as as an almost exponentially growing industry has by now reached the entire world. It has helped to lift many people out of poverty as well as secured access to high quality protein. With this proliferation of aquaculture in coastal regions also comes the potential for increased conflicts between different resource users and the ecosystem itself on both a local and global scale.
These new and arising problems between different users require a new kind of thinking and new ideas in order to frame and address them. The Working Group Marine Aquaculture is counting on a trans-disciplinary approach to tackle these arising issues. An interdisciplinary team of scientists from the natural and social sciences work in close conjunction with the societal stakeholders in order to identify and tackle current and future questions of societal relevance. Topics include e. g. the multi-use of offshore areas (MUSES, Co-Use) or the impact of climate change and biodiversity shifts on the local fisheries and aquaculture industries (BioDiv, BlueChange).