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Global standards addressing the potential negative impacts of abalone farming on the environment and society were finalized today by the Abalone Aquaculture Dialogue, a diverse consortium of organizations and stakeholders led by World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
The announcement follows the recent completion of certification standards for bivalves, pangasius and tilapia; standards for shrimp, freshwater trout, salmon, Seriola and cobia, are expected to be finalized by mid-2011. read more >>>
The second draft of the WWF abalone production standards are now available for public comment. Gain access to the standards and comment form here.
UPDATE - WWF PRESS RELEASE
WASHINGTON, DC: The final step in the process of creating global standards for responsible abalone farming began today, when the Abalone Aquaculture Dialogue kicked off the last public comment period for the draft standards.
The standards will address the key negative environmental and social impacts associated with the abalone aquaculture industry, which is responsible for producing approximately 70 percent of the abalone eaten worldwide. Impacts include the transfer of diseases to other aquatic species, the destruction of habitat to create farms, and water pollution. read more >>>
The first public comment period for the draft standards for abalone aquaculture began March 1, 2010. This is the first of two 60-day public comment periods. The final standards will help minimize the potential negative environmental and social impacts associated with abalone aquaculture. If you would like to provide feedback on the draft standards, you can do so by completing the comment form here.
With the failure of the political process at Copenhagen to forge any form of meaningful global agreement on reducing carbon emissions, and the continued growth of the world economy, the anthropogenic contribution to the global rise in CO2 levels is likely to increase. While much has been written on the effect of rising carbon levels on global temperatures, sea level, permafrost and the ice caps, little has reached the public domain regarding the concept of ocean acidification. Of particular interest in this forum is the potential corrosive effect of increasing ocean acidity on organisms, including abalone, that form calcarous shells or exoskeletons. Explore the links below for further reading on the topic.
> What is ocean acidification?
> Ocean Acidification: The Other CO2 Problem.
> Impact of ocean acidification on abalone larvae.
> Ocean acidification may contribute to global shellfish decline.
> Ocean Acidification: A Risky Shell Game.