Announcement of UNU/IAS Electronic Seminar
Date: 11 Oct-11 Nov 1996.
Title: The Blue Revolution - an integrated approach to aquaculture
By: Michael Weber, co-author of the book "The Wealth of Ocean".
Discussion Paper: M.Weber, 1996. "So you say you want a blue revolution?"
The Amicus Journal, Fall 1996. Pages 39-42.
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Declining harvests of wild fish and rising demand are fostering renewed
calls for aquaculture to close a looming animal protein gap. If aquaculture
follows the pattern of the green revolution in agriculture--by relying on
high inputs, and intensive cultivation--environmental problems will mount.
This contrasts with integrated approaches used for centuries in Asia that
produce food and treat wastes. Militating against these integrated
approaches is the desire to use aquaculture as a means of economic
development by supplying markets in developed countries with high-end
products such as shrimp.
About the Author:
Michael Weber is a freelance writer based in Washington, D.C. In 1995,
W.W. Norton published The Wealth of Oceans, a book he wrote with Judith
Gradwohl of the Smithsonian Institution. Mr. Weber worked for four years as
a special assistant to the Director of the National Marine Fisheries Service
in the United States. Before that, he managed marine conservation programs
at the non-profit Center for Marine Conservation.