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Acta Limnologica Brasiliensia
On-line version ISSN 2179-975X
DIAS, Juliana Déo; SIMOES, Nadson Ressyé and BONECKER, Cláudia Costa. Net cages in fish farming: a scientometric analysis. Acta Limnol. Bras. [online]. 2012, vol.24, n.1, pp. 12-17. Epub Aug 16, 2012. ISSN 2179-975X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S2179-975X2012005000022.
AIM: This study presents a scientometric analysis of studies on net cages in order to determine whether these studies are considering environmental issues or only seeking an increase in food production; METHODS: The survey of articles was accomplished using the Thomson Reuters Database (ISI Web of Knowledge), with "cage culture" and "net cage" as keywords. We selected 238 articles that were published between 1990 and 2009; RESULTS: There was a temporal increase in the number of articles published. These articles focused mainly on fish production and environmental impacts; CONCLUSION: The studies of net cages in fish farming mainly investigated fish production, although environmental issues relating to this recent human activity were also important. Policy makers should consider both sides of the coin (i.e., both the benefits and environmental impacts of fish production) in regulation of this activity.
Keywords : aquaculture; fish production; environmental impact; cage culture; temporal trend.