Indicator: CO-25 Aquaculture: instances of disease and exotic species introduction from movement of live material

Data

National data not yet available. The national aquaculture council has developed an action plan consistent with a Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) framework. Eventually some data may be reported under this strategy.

What the data mean

No data available.

Data Limitations

No data available.

Issues for which this is an indicator and why

Coasts and Oceans — Direct pressure of human activities on coasts and oceans - Pressure of fishing 

Fish farmed in a particular location may not be native to that location. In addition, they are generally provided with other aquatic and marine animals and plants as food, rather than maintained under natural ecological conditions. These feed species may also not be native to the area. If either escape, they may compete with or prey on native species, or otherwise degrade the environment. They may also carry diseases or parasites which, if they escape, can impact on the natural ecosystem. Reported instances of disease and exotic species escapes from the movement of live aquacultural material is a crude indicator of this pressure. It does not measure the actual or potential impacts of the escape and there may also be escapes that go unreported. However, it does give some indication of the potential risk.

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Biodiversity — Pressures on biodiversity - Pressures on marine biodiversity: pressures of fishing 

Introductions of foreign species aquaculture activities can place potential pressure on biodiversity. Reported instances of disease and exotic species escapes from the movement of live aquacultural material is a crude indicator of this pressure. It does not measure the actual or potential impacts of the escape and there may also be escapes that go unreported. However, it does give some indication of the potential risk.

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Further Information

Source: ABARE 2003, Australian Aquaculture: Profiles for Selected Species, ABARE, Canberra.