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Understanding and applying risk analysis in aquaculture: A manual for decision-makers

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Guidelines & Learning resources
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Agricultural Value Chains / Agri-Businesses
Type of Risk:
Biological & environmental
Type of Risk Managment Option:
Risk assessment
Fisheries & Aquaculture
James Richard Arthur, Melba G. Bondad-Reantaso, Marnie L. Campbell, Chad L. Hewitt, Michael J. Phillips, Rohana P. Subasinghe
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Aquaculture is expected to continue to increase its contribution to the world’s production of aquatic food and will further strengthen its role in food security and food safety, while also offering opportunities to alleviate poverty, increase employment and community development and reduce overexploitation of natural aquatic resources, thus creating social and generational equity, particularly in developing countries.

The rapid development of the aquaculture industry under various national and regional jurisdictions has resulted in a diversity of regulatory frameworks. Thus, FAO Members have requested guidance on the application of risk analysis with respect to aquaculture production. The purpose of this manual is to provide an overview of the risk analysis process as applied to aquaculture production and to demonstrate the variety of ways in which risk can manifest in aquaculture operations and management. The intention of this manual is to promote wider understanding and acceptance of the applications and benefits of risk analysis in aquaculture production and management.