The aquaculture industry, which we traditionally practice to cultivate seafood, is among the industries that need to change and adapt within the framework of sustainability criteria amid numerous challenges the world is facing. Although fishing activities that we continue to carry out on land, in freshwater or in estuaries where rivers flow into the sea currently provide us with the necessary returns, there is no guarantee that this will continue to be the case in the future, and the likelihood of it continuing in the same way is diminishing every day.

This book, published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) with the support of the World Bank, aims to provide a conceptual guidance for an ecosystem-based approach to aquaculture and the spatial planning and effective management of the areas where aquaculture is practiced. It explains the rationale, goals, implementation methodologies, and existing tools for each step in aquaculture that we currently undertake and offers recommendations to practitioners and policymakers on what needs to be done and essential measures to be taken if we want to continue aquaculture in the future with the same productivity.

When we look at the content, the book is essentially divided into two parts. The first part explains the processes and steps related to spatial planning, including aquaculture zones, site selection for aquaculture, and management of aquaculture areas. The second part covers six main topics such as international agreements, certification, basic tools, and case studies from different countries. The case studies are particularly important as they demonstrate the benefits of implementing spatial planning and management in the aquaculture industry.

Translated into Turkish by AquaculturE Engineer Kaan Ugrasiz, this book offers recommendations for investors on how to effectively reduce environmental, economic, and social risks while achieving higher productivity and returns.

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