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Fishing and Aquaculture

Fishing

The Marine Policy Statement expresses support for the fishing sector, and cites many issues that the industry faces such as displacement, identifying possible solutions such as co-location of activity where appropriate. In the East Marine Plan areas, fishing takes many forms with some types reliant on particular grounds that are fished seasonally and others being nomadic in nature.

Aquaculture

The Marine Policy Statement is supportive of the aquaculture industry. In considering the benefits of encouraging the development of "efficient, competitive and sustainable" aquaculture.

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AQ1

Within sustainable aquaculture development sites (identified through research), proposals should demonstrate in order of preference:

  1. that they will avoid adverse negative impacts on future aquaculture development by altering the sea bed or water column in ways which would cause adverse impacts to aquaculture productivity or potential
  2. how, if there are adverse impacts on aquaculture development, they can be minimised
  3. how, if the adverse impacts cannot be minimised they will be mitigated
  4. the case for proceeding with the proposal if it is not possible to minimise or mitigate the adverse impacts

FISH1

Within areas of fishing activity, proposals should demonstrate in order of preference:

  1. that they will not prevent fishing activities on, or access to, fishing grounds
  2. how, if there are adverse impacts on the ability to undertake fishing activities or access to fishing grounds, they will minimise them
  3. how, if the adverse impacts cannot be minimised, they will be mitigated
  4. the case for proceeding with their proposal if it is not possible to minimise or mitigate the adverse impacts

FISH2

Proposals should demonstrate, in order of preference:

  1. that they will not have an adverse impact upon spawning and nursery areas and any associated habitat
  2. how, if there are adverse impacts upon the spawning and nursery areas and any associated habitat, they will minimise them
  3. how, if the adverse impacts cannot be minimised they will be mitigated
  4. the case for proceeding with their proposals if it is not possible to minimise or mitigate the adverse impacts