The European Commission DG Environment has recently published a report about sustainable aquaculture, the latest of its series Future Science for Environment Policy. The document presents an overview of research into aquaculture’s impacts and how it could develop in harmony with environmental goals. Integrated multi-trophic aquaculture is mentioned by the report as one of the measures to achieve this target. The report mentions IDREEM as one of the projects developing and testing IMTA systems in Europe, together with the results of past research experiences. IMTA has been practiced for centuries in Asia, but has yet to become established in Europe. Scientific research into its impacts is in its early stages, but so far indicates that IMTA could bring financial benefits by boosting algae and shellfish growth. A number of case studies have explored its ability to reduce nutrient pollution. Results vary considerably with the type of farm and location, but in general suggest that IMTA could help tackle the problem.
Find the report here