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BEP(BEST ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICE)

Definition

A defined environmental target protocol that should be followed to minimise interactions between aquaculture and other activities, covering aspects such as discharge limits, feeding methods and efficiency, management of therapeutics, fallowing to allow sea bed recovery. Can be defined by regulatory authorities and the industry in Codes of Practice. BEPs are being developed for most aquaculture systems and are often linked to BAT (Best Available Technology) requirements. For example, some national aquaculture licences/permits set discharge limits for organic carbon, nutrients and chemical therapeutics on the basis of Environmental Quality Standards following the 1994 PARCOM (Paris Commission) Recommendation that national bodies should draw up codes of Best Environmental Practice covering inputs of potentially toxic chemicals from aquaculture.

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