Asia is the leading aquaculture region in the world, contributing to 85% of total world aquaculture production. Of the top 10 aquaculture producing countries 9 are Asian with China accounting for more than 65% of Asian production. Aquaculture in Asia contribute more than 80% of an estimated 17-20 million aquaculture farmers in Asia providing livelihoods, food security and export earning power but at the same time there are growing problems with environmental impact from large numbers of small-scale producers and the difficulties in planning and management of further development.
Review of environmental impact, site selection and carrying capacity estimation for small scale aquaculture in Asia
White, P., Phillips, M., Beveridge, M. (2010)
FAO expert workshop on Site Selection and Carrying Capacity Estimates for Inland and Coastal Waterbodies