Last week, FAO published a report titled “Greenhouse gas emissions from aquaculture: A life cycle assessment of three Asian systems”. Dr. Doris Soto, Senior Scientist of INCAR,  co-authored this important report.  The rationale of this study was to broaden the understanding of aquaculture’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and the potential mitigation through the management of aquaculture feeds and feeding.

The rapid growth and development of global aquaculture has raised questions regarding the potential associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. To gauge the scale of GHG emission in Asia, where growth has been greatest, a preliminary study was carried out on three aquaculture systems: Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) in Bangladesh, Indian major carps (Catla catla, Cirrhinus cirrhosus, Labeo calbasu, Labeo rohita) in India, and striped catfish (Pangasianodon hypophthalmus) in Viet Nam. The analysis was intended to improve understanding of where and how GHG emissions arise in Asian aquaculture, and highlight weaknesses in the currently available data. This approach will guide future

studies on how to develop cost-effective ways of improving aquaculture performance and reducing emissions, and how to improve data collection.

Robb, D.H.F., MacLeod, M., Hasan, M.R. & Soto, D. 2017. Greenhouse gas emissions from aquaculture: a life cycle assessment of three Asian systems. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper No. 609. Rome, FAO. 110 pp.

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