The long and bumpy journey: Taiwan's aquaculture development and management

Chung Ling Chen, Guo Hao Qiu

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This paper presents an overview of Taiwan[U+05F3]s aquaculture development and management, focusing on the transition of the industry and the current management measures that particularly address environmental effects, ecolabels and diversification into tourism and ornamental fish business. Since the late 1980s when Taiwan[U+05F3]s aquaculture in its heyday was pounded by emergent environmental problems, a policy was established on enhancing governance over aquaculture, in seeking to transform it towards an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable industry. The paper shows that positive outcomes have been achieved after the policy measures have been implemented over the past two decades. However, potential challenges of ongoing environmental impacts, conflicts regarding multiple sea uses, concerns on seafood safety, lack of management of "black" farms, low market penetration of ecolabeled products and lack of participative management were identified. It argues for the need to encourage ICZM programs to solve sea use conflicts and minimize environmental impacts, reduce "black farms" to fill the management gap, enhance market shares of ecolabeled products and a transition to a more participative mode of governance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-161
Number of pages10
JournalMarine Policy
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Sep

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aquatic Science
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Law

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