Benchmarking the environmental performance of best management practice and genetic improvements in Egyptian aquaculture using life cycle assessment

Egyptian aquaculture is gaining importance as an affordable and nutritious source of animal protein among Egyptians. Nile tilapia dominates production (77% of total production), followed by carps (17%) and mullets (11%). Egyptian tilapia farmers are, however, facing challenges with regards to financial viability and poor water quality. Fish farms are also contributing towards water pollution and other environmental impacts. In order to improve the situation, WorldFish launched the IEIDEAS project in 2011 with the ambition to train farmers in best management practices (BMP) and distribute the 9th generation of the Abbassa strain (G9). The present study aimed at evaluating any relative environmental gains that BMP and G9 offers compared to conventional farming using life cycle assessment (LCA).


Henriksson, P.J.G., Dickson, M., Nas-Allah, A.M., Al-Kenawy, D., Phillips, M. (2017)
Aquaculture, 468(Pt 1): 53-59