Animal aquaculture causes enormous suffering to animals. It is also responsible for environmental problems and the harming of wild species such as whales, dolphins, seals, birds and other aquatic animals.
The Animal Justice Party (AJP) is opposed to animal aquaculture and will advocate to end the practice. In the interim, the AJP advocates for sound, evidence-based regulation and monitoring of aquaculture operations to minimise impacts on animals and the environment.
The AJP advocates plant-based aquaculture, not animalbased. This includes opportunities to develop algae industries (including seaweed) as part of a transition towards cruelty-free farming. Sea grasses can also be farmed as carbon sinks, similar to forestry on land.
- Educate the public on the serious harm to aquatic animals and the environment caused by animal aquaculture, and on the latest science revealing the sentience and the emotional and cognitive abilities of aquatic animals.
- Ensure that aquatic animals are protected under the law in all states and territories (see our Animal Law Policy).
- Transition away from animal aquaculture (including aquaponics), with economic incentives.
- Enhance regulation and monitoring around the environmental impacts of animal aquaculture, including through the use of satellite imagery.
- Develop seaweed and other algae products and promotional marketing strategies to broaden the appeal of such aquatic foods to Australian consumers