Within sustainable aquaculture development sites (identified through research), proposals should demonstrate in order of preference:
- 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
- how, if there are adverse impacts on aquaculture development, they can be minimised
- how, if the adverse impacts cannot be minimised they will be mitigated
- the case for proceeding with the proposal if it is not possible to minimise or mitigate the adverse impacts
- Proponents may wish to consider consulting with the appropriate decision maker, The Crown Estate, and the local inshore fisheries and conservation authority to find out if there are any current or proposed aquaculture developments in the area of the proposed development.
- Proponents may wish to consider providing evidence to consider ways of (in discussion with other bodies) avoiding an aquaculture area, or minimise and mitigate any potential negative effects.
- It may be beneficial for a proponent to consider how to maintain the water quality of an area proposed for development. If the proposal is within a Water Framework Directive-protected area a propionate way wish to consider consultation with the Environment Agency.
- Aquaculture can take many forms – shellfish, finfish, algal – so a proponent may wish to consider impacts on shellfish as both seabed and water column are a consideration for their cultivation.
Reproduced with permission of the Marine Management Organisation, Ordnance Survey and UKHO.