Given the current state of world fisheries and the growing role of aquaculture as a global provider of fish for human consumption, it is essential that the development and management of the sector be coupled with sustainable practices; as well as in compliance with international standards, to reduce the risk of negative impacts on the environment. It is also crucial to consider the role of climate change and the impacts of aquaculture activity, and the future of the sector in response to a changing climate. This internship, in collaboration with the FAO, was centered around the work of the organization as it developed a new aquaculture specific questionnaire; to assess the compliance and development of policies within member countries and adherence to the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF). As a secondary task, a table-top study investigating the relationship between climate change and bivalve mariculture was initiated, with the goal of producing a summary output of the potential impacts of climate change to bivalve mariculture. At the end of the three month internship period, a fully working aquaculture specific questionnaire was submitted to the Fisheries and Aquaculture Service of the FAO, including alternate language versions of the newly created “References and Tools” sheet, and an associated member country contact list. The climate change and bivalve mariculture study, suffered several set-backs due to the high priority awarded to the completion of the primary task; but several intermediate outputs were produced as a result of the literature review process. The completed aquaculture questionnaire will be forwarded to member nations this year as part of the FAO’s biennial reporting process, and will continue to be developed over the next several cycles as the organization moves to improve reporting and support aquaculture development.
van Senten, Jonathan, "Volunteer internship with the Fisheries and Aquaculture Service ( FIRS) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)" (2012). Internship Reports (Restricted). 226.
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