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Aquaculture Compendium

Aquaculture Compendium

"A comprehensive, encyclopedic resource for information on aquaculture"

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An encyclopedic, mixed media resource covering all aspects of aquaculture. It addresses issues of aquatic animal and plant production, natural resources and environment, biodiversity, trade, food security and safety, poverty alleviation, livelihoods and much more.

*** STOP PRESS: the functionality of the Aquaculture Compendium (AC) website has been upgraded, including providing subscribers with zoomable distribution maps. New features associated with these maps include grabbing-and-panning and zoom functionalities, better presented maps showing physical features, and improved map labelling for countries and states/provinces. Further improvements include citation linking in the text and tables to references at the end of datasheets. These are key enhancements which we encourage our subscribers to explore. ***

NB: a programme of updating important datasheets and adding new ones is under way.


Vital stats

  • About 1,000 full datasheets – including detailed information on over 300 cultured aquatic species, over 200 pathogens and parasites, and over 100 aquatic diseases and disorders
  • Overview datasheets on production and environmental systems, and wide-ranging issues in aquaculture
  • Over 160 case studies – examples of practical problem solving and innovation
  • Summary information in over 10,000 other datasheets
  • An electronic library of specially commissioned and previously published information – featuring over 1,000 specially selected items from internationally respected sources
  • A subset of the latest research on aquaculture from CAB Abstracts, updated weekly, with full text of selected journal and conference articles
  • Over 2,000 images to allow for easy identification and teaching
  • An interactive glossary, with more than 36,300 definitions


Unique features 

  • New: maps of species distribution including grabbing-and-panning and zoom functionality
  • Improved: citation linking in text and tables to references at the end of datasheets
  • Case studies covering major aquaculture issues and hot topics that not only summarise present knowledge, but also provide models of practical problem solving and improvement through educational, technical, social or economic innovation
  • Informative texts provided by leading world experts on cultured aquatic animals and plants, and their production, diseases and environmental impact as well as important generic issues and topics in aquaculture
  • Maps illustrating the distribution of aquatic species, based on information from datasheet authors, FishBase, the WorldFish Center, FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization of the U.N), and other publishing partners
  • Maps illustrating disease distribution data, based on information from datasheet authors and OIE (World Organization for Animal Health)
  • Over 2,000 images illustrating cultured species, diseases, production systems and other aquaculture issues and topics
  • Electronic Library of over 1,000 articles sourced from over 80 publishers, including over 50 book chapters re-published from CABI books. Other material includes electronic books, reports, classified and indexed Internet links, and a large collection of extension documents
  • Veterinary drugs and vaccines database – generic and proprietary drug and vaccine names and information collated from five different continents; an amalgamation of six sources of information on veterinary products by kind permission of their publishers
  • Report generator to enable key information to be rapidly edited and disseminated

*Figures correct as of April 2018

Coverage is of fish, molluscs, crustacea, algae and live feed culture in marine, brackish and freshwater environments, including:

  • Production, health and husbandry
  • Engineering and technology
  • Economics, economic development and marketing
  • Environment, governance, trade, legislation and social impacts

The Aquaculture Compendium would be a useful resource for:

  • Aquaculture production, health and food industries
  • Agriculturalists and agronomists
  • Coastal zone managers
  • Development professionals
  • Fish and shellfish farmers; both marine and freshwater, and also integrated aquaculture/livestock/agriculture
  • Feed and chemical suppliers
  • Investors and financiers
  • Irrigation and water engineers
  • Quarantine specialists
  • Researchers and extension workers
  • Retailers
  • Social scientists
  • Start-up aquaculture ventures
  • Students and teachers
  • Veterinarians and pathologists
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