Incorporating historical data into aquaculture planning

Alleway, Heidi K., Thurstan, Ruth H., Lauer, Peter R. and Connell, Sean D. (2016) Incorporating historical data into aquaculture planning. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 73 5: 1427-1436. doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsv191

Author Alleway, Heidi K.
Thurstan, Ruth H.
Lauer, Peter R.
Connell, Sean D.
Title Incorporating historical data into aquaculture planning
Journal name ICES Journal of Marine Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1054-3139
Publication date 2016-05-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/icesjms/fsv191
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 73
Issue 5
Start page 1427
End page 1436
Total pages 10
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Marine historical research has made progress in bridging the gap between science and policy, but examples in which it has been effectively applied remain few. In particular, its application to aquaculture remains unexplored. Using actual examples of natural resource management in the state of South Australia, we illustrate how historical data of varying resolution can be incorporated into aquaculture planning. Historical fisheries records were reviewed to identify data on the now extinct native oyster Ostrea angasi fishery throughout the 1800 and early-1900s. Records of catch, number of boats fishing, and catch per unit effort (cpue) were used to test fishing rates and estimate the total quantity of oysters taken from select locations across periods of time. Catch quantities enabled calculation of the minimum number of oysters per hectare for two locations. These data were presented to government scientists, managers, and industry. As a result, interest in growing O. angasi increased and new areas
for oyster aquaculture were included in regulatory zoning (spatial planning). Records of introductions of the non-native oyster Saccostrea glomerata, Sydney rock oysters, from 1866 through 1959, were also identified and used to evaluate the biosecurity risk of aquaculture for this species through semi-quantitative risk assessment. Although applications to culture S. glomerata in South Australia had previously been declined, the inclusion of historical data in risk assessment led to the conclusion that applications to culture this species would be accepted. The examples presented here have been effectively incorporated into management processes and represent an important opportunity for the aquaculture industry in South Australia to diversify. This demonstrates that historical data can be used to inform planning and support industry, government, and societies in addressing challenges associated with aquaculture, as well as natural resource management more broadly.
Keyword Aquaculture
Historical data
Historical ecological research
Natural resource management
Ostrea angasi
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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