April 2011, Vol. 23, No.4

Water Volumes

Environmental Best Management Practices for Aquaculture

Gang Chen

Craig S. Tucker and John A. Hargreaves, Wiley-Blackwell, 111 River St., Hoboken, N.J. 07030-5774, 2008, 592 pp., $179.99, hardcover, ISBN: 978-0-8138-2027-9.

This book addresses the development of best management practices for aquaculture in terms of economics and implementation. Contributed by internationally recognized experts in environmental management and aquaculture from academia, government, and nongovernmental organizations, Environmental Best Management Practices for Aquaculture provides valuable guidelines for the aquaculture community to improve the environmental performance of aquaculture. This book also is a great reference for innovative producers, policy-makers, regulators, research scientists, and students involved in aquaculture management.

This book provides farm-level technical solutions for minimizing the environmental effects associated with effluents from aquaculture facilities using best management practices. There are 13 chapters in this book. Chapters 1 to 5 review the environmental issues associated with aquaculture development and best management practice applications. Chapters 6 to 11 discuss, in detail, better management practices for freshwater pond aquaculture, marine shrimp aquaculture, net-pen aquaculture, flow-through aquaculture systems, recirculating aquaculture systems, and bivalve molluscan aquaculture, respectively. Chapter 12 focuses on fish health management, and Chapter 13 briefs the reader on the economics of aquaculture better management practices. 

Nine appendices are included, providing suggested protocols and guidance for developing a management system or ecological monitoring, a code of conduct for fisheries, a review and decision model, recommendations on safe and effective use of chemicals, and others.


Gang Chen is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Florida A&M University – Florida State University (Tallahassee).


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