To promote the sharing of knowledge and experiences on improved aquaculture technologies and sustainable management in the coastal zones, FFTC in cooperation with the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI) of Korea, organized the international workshop on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) for Sustainable Aquaculture held in Busan, Korea on August 25-29, 2008. The workshop, attended by 11 speakers from 8 countries in the Asian region, served as a venue for the sharing of knowledge and experiences on how to attain an environmentally sound and sustainable aquaculture industry in the region taking into consideration the ICZM concepts.
ICZM is a broad concept accepted globally as the framework towards coastal protection and development. Basically ICZM is seen as the sustainable management of the coastal zone with particular focus on maintaining a balance between various human and economic activities and the preservation of the environment considering its carrying capacity. ICZM as a holistic management scheme must be able to integrate environmental protection goals into economic and technical decision making process toward responsible and sustainable aquaculture production.
Under the ICZM concept, there must be a balance among all economic, social and environmental activities in the coastal area to achieve sustainable development. ICZM's main functions are coastal area planning, promoting economic development, stewardship of resources, conflict resolution and protection of public safety. As guiding principles, ICZM must be able to: adhere to international declarations and obligations; integrate with other sector activities and plans; monitor and assess the negative environmental, social and economic impacts of various coastal activities; and adopt a multidisciplinary and participatory approach.
In the context of sustainable aquaculture, there must be a strong collaboration among various partners and stakeholders (coastal resource users and managers, academe, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, people's organizations) in the establishment of community-based ICZM to address issues on resource management, environmental protection, technological and economical viability, and social equity such as seed production, grow-out culture, feed development, fish health management, aquatic ecology, and socioeconomics. Integrated coastal area and river basin management are also an important initiative for the protection of the marine environment from land-based activities. Most importantly, every country must adopt a "Code of Conduct on Responsible Fisheries and Food Safety" to ensure the protection of the coastal zone amid the growth of the aquaculture industry.
Awareness of environmental conservation, food safety, and responsible aquaculture production is the key to the development and sustainability of the aquaculture industry in the region. In Asian countries, eco-friendly and good management practices (such as GAP and HACCP) are already being implemented through such technological schemes as: poly-eco (environmentally and economically sound) aquaculture; development of high efficiency and environment-friendly feeds; re-circulating aquaculture and other water quality management scheme; bio-mechanisms and practical use of fish disease vaccine; improved management systems such as organic aquaculture, regulations and control for quality of seeds, rearing procedure, etc.
Geographic information system and remote sensing are also effective tools to help site selection and to monitor non-point pollutant sources in the coastal zones (horizontal and vertical) as well as in monitoring short- and long-term improvement of the coastal environment in complementation with good aquaculture practice
Some research and development trends toward sustainable aquaculture in the region are: better management and conservation of important aquatic genetic resources; establishment of traceability system for aqua-products; and reduction of use of chemicals and strengthening research on vaccine development.
During the workshop, the participants deliberated on measures to achieve sustainable aquaculture in the coastal zones. One such measure identified is shifting: from mono-species approach to multi-species approach such as seaweeds, filter feeders and herbivorous species; from feeding aquaculture to non-feeding aquaculture; and from profit-motivated capital intensive approach to sustainable community development oriented ones.
Adoption of Good Aquaculture Practices (GAP) in all sectors of the food and value supply chains (hatchery and farm, feed and chemicals, harvesting and marketing, GMP and HACCP in processing plants, import and export control, consumers) to minimize the negative environmental impacts from aquaculture was also recommended, along with product certification in accordance with environmental and safety standards.
Clearly, more effective government policy/regulations and legislations are needed toward the sustainability of aquaculture, particularly in terms of more effective farm planning, site selection, and management that carefully consider the carrying capacity of the environment and the needs of the other users of the coastal resources. ICZM also requires the integration of disciplines and the cooperation of government and non-government organizations, local institutions, and the community in a participatory approach.
Planning and regulatory frameworks for the strategic and controlled development of the coastal zones should also be in place. The development of coastal aquaculture should be based on the principles of biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of the natural resources.
Promotion of social equity with emphasis on giving priority to the marginalized sectors of the coastal communities must also be encouraged.
Finally, exchange and sharing of information and technology among researchers and scientists within the region must be sustained and enhanced toward the attainment of economic, social, and environmental sustainability in aquaculture, and in the protection and conservation of the coastal zones.
Held in Busan, Korea, August 25-29, 2008
No. of participating countries: 7 (Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan ROC, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam)
No. of papers presented: 11
No. of participants: 11 speakers and about 20 local participants/organizers
Co-sponsor: National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI), Korea
For further information, contact:
Mr. Ho-Kyum Lee, FFTC Agricultural Economist
Figure 1 Marine cage culture in Indonesia.
Figure 2 Participants visit the marine ranching station in Tongyoung (right) and the facilities of the Fisheries Resources Institute of Kyungnam Province in Korea (below).
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