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Aquaculture is increasingly important for feeding the world and the aquaculture industry depends on healthy marine ecosystems, clean marine waters, access to marine space and the social license to operate. Aquaculture industry leadership is essential to addressing these challenges and ensuring the long term health of the industry and the marine environment on which it depends.
At the same time, there are many other industries operating in the shared ocean with many of the same sustainable development challenges and opportunities. With the growing use of marine areas by an increasing variety of commercial interests there are increasingly complex risks from environmental impacts, conflicts in the use of marine space and resources and the development of policies and regulations that do not support responsible “Blue Growth” by both aquaculture and other ocean users. The best efforts by a single company or whole industry sector will not be able to address these challenges and opportunities.