Ussif Rashid Sumaila
John Volpe (University of Alberta)
Research Project Description
To explore the potential costs and benefits of introducing sablefish farming in BC.
A. Ecological Issues:
Profile and characterization of disease / parasite issues and likelihood for wild-farm-wild transfers
Potential impacts of escapees on wild stock genetic structure
Foreign ecological footprint of sablefish aquaculture in terms of reliance on fishmeal
Local ecological footprint of sablefish aquaculture in terms of organic / inorganic wastes, therapeutants
with particular reference to site locations and life-history specific impacts
Future stability of wild stocks and commercial harvest
Ecological lessons from salmon aquaculture in B.C.
B. Economic Issues:
Evaluating, in economic terms the potential ecological effects of aquaculture (disease, escapes, and fishmeal)
Addressing the supply, demand and price effects of sablefish farming
Analyzing the potential economic impacts of fish price declines on fishers due to sablefish aquaculture
Contrasting the net social benefit of aquaculture to the private profits to private fish farmers
Taking into account the income distributional effects of sablefish farming
Economic lessons from salmon aquaculture in B.C.