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Assessing stakeholder's experience and sensitivity on key issues for the economic growth of organic aquaculture production

Lembo, Giuseppe; Jokumsen, Alfred; Spedicato, Maria Teresa; Facchini, Maria Teresa and Bitetto, Isabella (2018) Assessing stakeholder's experience and sensitivity on key issues for the economic growth of organic aquaculture production. Marine Policy, 87 (2018), pp. 84-93.

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Document available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2017.10.005


Participatory management is widely recognised as a working method of paramount importance, based on the principles of knowledge sharing, accountability and legitimacy. Hence, it is broadly considered suitable for addressing issues related to the sustainable development of the seafood industry, and specifically, of the aquaculture system. A survey focused on the current EU regulatory framework was carried out to elicit stakeholders’ preferences, knowledge and experience on key issues for the development of organic aquaculture, supported by science-based regulations. The survey was completed by 65 stakeholders belonging to several categories, and it was supported by the implementation of the Analytic Hierarchy Process method. Stakeholders’ preferences were elicited on organic production methods and control systems, the quality of the environment and organic products, fish health and welfare. The views expressed by the participants revealed both competence and awareness, despite the complexity of the subject. Several ideas and useful suggestions emerged regarding unresolved technical issues. In addition, the need for a targeted communication strategy on the quality of organic aquaculture products and the necessity of fostering European/national programs to support the production and marketing of organic aquaculture products were highlighted.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Organic aquaculture Analytic Hierarchy Process Stakeholders’ engagement Control system Sustainability Fish welfare
Subjects: Values, standards and certification > Consumer issues
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Aquaculture
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > European Union
Values, standards and certification > Regulation
Research affiliation: Italy > Other organizations
H2020 or FP7 Grant Agreement Number:613547
Deposited By: Lembo, Dr Giuseppe
ID Code:35348
Deposited On:02 May 2019 08:03
Last Modified:02 May 2019 08:03
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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