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This week it has been brought to my attention that there is a proposal to dredge for scallops inside a ‘Special Area of Conservation’ located in Cardigan Bay, Wales. This proposal has divided opinions. On Twitter this week Professor Callum Roberts, a marine conservation biologist at the University of York (UK) lamented that there was ”No hope for UK marine conservation if this mad proposal to scallop dredge in a protected area goes ahead” . Dr Magnus Johnson, a Crustacean Fisheries and Ecologist researcher at the University of Hull (UK) quickly countered “It is worth reading the science by first!”, following with a couple of hashtags “#eatmorefish #eatmoreshellfish”. Two scientists, with two opposing views… what is going on?
GLOBAL - With an estimated global value of just over U$84 billion in 2014, the organic industry is projected to grow to an estimated U$131 billion by the end of 2019. Organic food production has been largely dominated by terrestrial farmers, with aquaculture producers producing a lower diversity – and quantity - of organically certified products on the market. Whilst there are some commonalities between aquaculture and terrestrial-farming methods, the differences as not insignificant. As a result, organic aquaculture needs its own regulations and standards. The majority of organic certification schemes are aimed at terrestrial farming, though increasing demand has resulted in the development of organic certification suitable for aquaculturalists. -