Aquaculture de demain : quelles innovations ? (video, in French)
20/02/2017 - Article
This aquaculture teaching resource is unique in France by virtue of the expertise and wealth of its content. It has been UVED-certified (Université virtuelle environnement & développement durable) since January 2017, and comprises eleven online modules, covering the issues and risks surrounding fish production, new aquacultural production methods, and sustainable aquaculture development strategies. it is a mine of information and educational references for anyone interested in the issues surrounding aquaculture worldwide.
Almost half of the fish intended for human consumption are now farmed. Aquaculture is a vital source of jobs, food and economic opportunities, and by 2030, is scheduled to account for two thirds of the fish produced worldwide (FAO, 2014). However, it is increasingly under fire because of its environmental impact, social consequences, use of non-sustainable raw materials such as fish meal, etc. Yet there are innovative technologies and development methods that provide hope for sustainable production in the future. It is these new forms of aquaculture that is presented in this teaching resource, which is unique by virtue of the expertise on offer and the range of issues covered.
The resource, which was produced with support from the Université Virtuelle Environnement et Développement (UVED), was coordinated by the CIRAD-FVI joint team for teaching and training on livestock production and veterinary medicine in warm regions, including the MUSC platform (MUltimedia for Science at CIRAD). It was designed by researchers from CIRAD, IFREMER, the IRD, IRSTEA and AgroParisTech, and takes stock of modern-day aquaculture as practised worldwide.
The resource, which comprises eleven "grains", or modules including more than 42 hours of videos, covers:
Each grain comprises an introductory video, a series of complementary resources, notably numerous interviews and online courses offered by international specialists, and links to other sites of interest.
Case studies filmed in the Philippines and France also serve to portray the range of current production methods (grain 11).
The resource is intended for teachers and students, but will also answer many questions likely to be raised by the members of the public keen to learn about the many aspects of this major social issue.