[Tagging] landuse=aquaculture with wateruse=aquaculture

Dave Swarthout daveswarthout at gmail.com
Thu Jan 12 00:19:15 UTC 2017

Here is Thailand there is a lot of aquaculture going on. Almost all of
Thailand's fish and shellfish (shrimp, mussels, oysters, squid, cuttlefish)
come from such farms and the countryside is littered with them. My practice
has been to enclose the entire area including the ponds and buildings and
tag it landuse=aquaculture. Then if I choose to take the time to trace out
individual ponds within those areas, which I often decide not to bother
doing, I would tag them as natural=water, water=pond.

I honestly don't see the need for another top-level tag for this purpose.
An aquaculture operation almost always involves some dry land, often quite
a lot of it, and processing buildings so the landuse tag would seem
perfectly suited in such cases.

My only other comment is that the use of natural=water to describe these,
or any, man_made ponds or reservoirs has always seemed, well, unnatural
(pun intended) but I think changing that tagging methodology at this point
in time will never happen. LOL



On Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 5:10 AM, Warin <61sundowner at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> There are a number of instances of the tag landuse=aquaculture present on
> water.
> Specifically landuse=aquaculture with produce=oyster.
> I think these would be better tagged wateruse=aquaculture.
> The landuse tag may have been used as that is what is available on the
> wiki and it may get rendered.
> Oysters are not the only aquaculture activities taking place on water ...
> fish farms too where the fish are restrained in nets.
> e.g. https://theunderlined.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/mediterranean
> -tuna-farm/
> And some crustaceans too.
> While some aquaculture does take place on land (e.g. in tanks) .. the
> larger installations are usually in water (sea, river, lake or dam).
> Thoughts?
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Dave Swarthout
Homer, Alaska
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Travel Blog at http://dswarthout.blogspot.com
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