Sustainable aquaculture is fast-becoming a necessity as wild stocks of fish are depleted and impacted negatively due to threats to the health of seas and oceans. Innovation, research and development all play a crucial part in creating fish farms that provide a sustainable food source for the world’s growing population while protecting endangered species.
At the same time, land-based aquaculture sites take the pressure off the sea and oceans, reducing the effects of overfishing, pollution and damage to coral reefs and bringing stability to the delicate balance of marine ecosystems. Endangered fish species and bleached corals can then recover and be replenished to avoid the downward spiral of losing marine life forever and putting the survival of humanity at risk.
GIC supports the development of aquaculture sites that work in harmony with environmental goals while supporting communities through the creation of sustainable livelihoods and reliable food source. GIC provides support to projects and organizations to improve aquaculture performance in a sustainable way that increases efficiency and accelerates growth in targeted regions to meet demand.
Sustainable aquaculture relates to scientific, tech and production systems, from fish hatcheries to breeding and commercial supply as well as breeding, genetics, disease diagnosis and control plus nutrition and environmentally friendly feed.
SDG 14 – There is currently not enough sustainable seafood to meet demand. The large scale business growth of fish farms and operations that use sustainable practices depends on investment, innovation and connectivity throughout the seafood value chain.
SDG 1 – Skills development and the establishment of new aquaculture sites as well as training boost employment opportunities.
SDG 2 – Over 1 billion people globally rely on fish as their primary source of protein and demand is rising as the world's population grows.
SDG 3 – Best-practice aquaculture creates healthy fish and creates a sustainable food source that promotes a healthier diet.
SDG 6 – Overfishing creates pollution and damage to valuable ecosystems while land-based aquaculture provides a food source produced in optimal clean water and quality conditions for both fresh- and seawater operations, which 95% water recycling.
SDG 8 – Responsible Business in aquaculture is about looking after the health, safety and welfare conditions of the staff as well as the fish, boosting the local economy with wider and more diverse revenue streams.
SDG 12 – Business and consumers are both responsible for ensuring that sustainable seafood demand is high and that supply is readily available.
Sustainable Seas & Oceans
Underwater Marine ecosystems are essential in maintaining the balance of life in the seas and oceans of the world. Marine life that is at risks, such as endangered species of fish and great swathes of coral reef globally, poses a threat to survival for the whole of humanity. Fish are the last animals hunted in the wild for food in the developed world and sustainability roads can lead to aquaculture and aquaponics for greener food sources; sustainable seafood for the future. Likewise, coral reef protection leads to essential regeneration and the general wellness of marine life and improved the water quality.
Traditional exploitation of seas and oceans is no longer viable and is beginning to give back less beneficial returns than ever before with costs rising in every respect, both financially and environmentally; threatening the livelihoods of coastal communities.
Sea and ocean sustainability is essential if marine life and the water quality is not to be changed beyond all recognition; with a tipping point that drags humanity under to a level; of no return. Scientific research, studies and development are making great strides in identifying damage and the causal impact, as well as what solutions are viable too.
GIC is initially concentrating on sea and ocean sustainability in Southeast Asia, with potential scalability for roll-outs throughout the region. Specialist oceanographers, marine scientists and sustainability experts combine their knowledge to create the most effective strategies for success.
SDG 14 – Endangered fish species, global coral reef bleaching incident and destroyed marine ecosystems create an unhealthy marine environment that follows through the food chain.
SDG 1 – With some 40% of the world's population living within 100 km of the coast, billions rely on the sustainability of coastal regions for their sustenance and livelihoods.
SDG 2 – Only 10 of the big ocean fish remain, posing a real threat to those who rely primarily on food sources from the seas and oceans.
SDG 3 – The seas and oceans of the world are interrelated and interdependent with the health of the Planet and wellness and survival of humanity.
SDG 6 – Some 80% of marine pollution is caused by land-based activities such as run-off from manufacturing, tourism and agriculture as well as waste and sanitation issues which endanger marine life, including coral reefs.
SDG 8 – Sustainable seas and oceans can boost coastal communities and the local economies through sustainable tourism development, providing sustainable work opportunities.
SDG 12 – Sustainable seafood supply and demand, non-polluting industry, sustainable tourism as well as ethical consumption and Responsible Business combine in a way that positively impacts the seas and oceans.