Spatial ocean planning tried on southern California aquaculture farms
A team of researchers at Florida State University (FSU) has applied a spatial planning model to the US coast of Southern California that it says was able to optimize aquaculture planning in the area to increase sector values by millions of dollars while reducing negative environmental impacts.
The study, which is showcased in a recent issue of Nature, involved developing models for three representative types of aquaculture farms with industry potential: Mediterranean mussels, striped bass and sugar kelp.
“There’s been very little aquaculture development in the US despite the fact that other analyses have shown that the U.S. has some of the world’s best growing conditions,” Sarah Lester, the FSU assistant professor who led the research team, is quoted as saying. “The U.S. could be a global leader in aquaculture, but one of the hurdles has been siting, or where to place it. Our model provided a tool for exploring those issues.”
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