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Societal and Economic Impacts of Aquaculture

Most insights into aquaculture's societal effects come from developing nations. In industrial nations, aquaculture is known to bring jobs and infrastructure, particularly to isolated rural areas. Many aquaculture industries in developed nations suffer from low availability of high-paying jobs combined with a lack of appropriately trained staff willing to work in menial positions for low wages. Nonetheless, job retention in isolated areas helps stabilize community structure and drives secondary industry and services.

August 10, 2017


The article "Societal and Economic Impacts of Aquaculture," written by Mattthew J. Slater, Section Editor of the Journal of the World Aquaculture Society (JWAS) and featured on the WAS website, discusses the societal impacts of the aquaculture industry on a global scale. 

"Most insights into aquaculture's societal effects come from developing nations. In industrial nations, aquaculture is known to bring jobs and infrastructure, particularly to isolated rural areas. Many aquaculture industries in developed nations suffer from low availability of high-paying jobs combined with a lack of appropriately trained staff willing to work in menial positions for low wages. Nonetheless, job retention in isolated areas helps stabilize community structure and drives secondary industry and services."

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