In September 2017, the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ-CIHEAM) will host an international course on monitoring environmental effects of aquaculture. Environmental monitoring techniques are important tools in understanding and managing the impacts of aquaculture. Recording environmental change over time is essential to conform to statutory environmental regulations and for the appropriate environmental management of aquaculture systems. However, there are many methods of monitoring such changes and these can vary between geographical regions or in approaches to effective environmental management of aquaculture.
The Mediterranean is a unique example of a water body which is shared by 22 countries with different economic and technological capabilities, legal frameworks and cultural traditions. However, the increasing pressure on marine resources and environmental assets necessitates a common understanding of the environmental risks and the harmonization of the regulatory schemes used across the Mediterranean. Existing regulations for the EU countries (e.g. Water Framework Directive) have imposed a certain degree of common practice in assessing environmental quality. However, it is important to take into account the problems and peculiarities of aquaculture over the entire Mediterranean Basin with an aim to establish a more robust and efficient way of ensuring the future of the industry in this area.