Aquaculture: your views wanted

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A not-for-profit body focused on sustainable and ethical food is gathering views on the role of aquaculture in the UK.

The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation is carrying out an online survey to help assess the part aquaculture can play in ensuring sustainable and secure food, a more equitable society and stronger community bonds, and also to identify the sector’s challenges.

Melanie Siggs, who is managing the poll for the Foundation, said: “The Foundation recognises the significant environmental and economic potential good aquaculture could provide both in terms of sustainable and ethical food, and for communities. However, they are also mindful there are risks and unsustainable practices that may be damaging.

“We are assessing aquaculture in the four UK home countries, the NGO capacity to work with and influence the sustainable development of aquaculture, the barriers, and where their efforts are currently directed, for example key projects or programmes. Furthermore we are aiming to identify examples of innovation and good practice that demonstrate excellent environmental benefits as well as strong links to the local community.”

The survey takes an estimated 10-15 minutes to complete, and can be accessed online here. Submissions are requested by 6pm (BST) on 20 September.