10/27/2010 - Researchers in Canada on Wednesday released the first scientific index designed to measure the impact of fish farming on the environment.
Aquaculture has become increasingly controversial because of fears it can harm the environment and use up too many resources.
Until now however, there has been no clear way to measure the environmental impact of the practice, said researcher John Volpe, from the University of Victoria, told AFP.
Volpe said his "Global Aquaculture Performance Index" -- developed with help from the US-based Pew Environmental Group and funding from the American Lenfest Foundation -- is intended for use by "industry, farmers, bureaucrats, government ministers and other decision makers."
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