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Cover illustration by Emanuela D’Antoni.
This illustration aims to convey the main ecosystem approach to aquaculture (EAA)spatial scales (i.e. the farm, the aquaculture waterbody/watershed or aquaculturezone and the global market) and the power of Geographic Information Systemsto spatially represent, integrate and analyze the natural and human environmentsat any scale. Shrimp aquaculture ponds in Mexico were used here as an exampleto highlight the need to address environmental and socio-economic issues withinhigher strategic planning and management frameworks as part of an EAA.