Problems and Potentials of Recycling Wastes for Aquaculture

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology




This study on the use of recycled wastes for aquaculture systems covers a wide range of problems, particularly those which are biological, social, political, legal, and economic in nature. The social emphasis comes from a recognition that the reuse of waste for any human consumption is a very sensitive idea, and its success heavily depends upon societal acceptance of such recycling above and beyond the need for technological developments.

To achieve broad coverage of the problems, the study team included a wide range of disciplines. The combination of perspectives has produced a study which is able to anticipate a broad range of societal needs and reactions to the proposed industry.

The primary study objectives included:

  1. Definition of scientific unknowns which may adversely influence industry development.
  2. Definition of technology needs required for public health assurance.
  3. Identification of legal, social, political. and economic issues on which decision making will depend.
  4. An analysis of consumer acceptance of marine foods derived from wastes.
  5. Recommendations of directions in which to proceed to develop a stable marine-waste food recycle industry.

Funds to do this research came from the NOAA Office of Sea Grant, U.S. Department of Commerce, Grant No. NG-43-72, from the Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation, Inc., and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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