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Fishing and Aquaculture

These proposed draft policies are in development and are not a consideration when in drafting applications or making a decision. You can comment on these policies through our online questionnaire and workshops.

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 South 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.

Please use our interactive map to view and combine marine plan policy data.

SW-AQ-1

Proposals for aquaculture in identified areas of potential aquaculture production will be supported.
Proposals in existing or within potential aquaculture production areas must demonstrate consideration of and compatibility with aquaculture production. Where compatibility is not possible, proposals must demonstrate that they will, in order of preference:
a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate significant adverse impacts on aquaculture
d) if it is not possible to mitigate significant adverse impacts, proposals should state the case for proceeding.

SW-AQ-2

Proposals that enable the provision of infrastructure for sustainable fisheries and aquaculture and related industries will be supported.

SW-FISH-1

Proposals that support the diversification of a sustainable fishing industry and or enhance fishing industry resilience to the effects of climate change should be supported.

SW-FISH-2

Proposals that may have significant adverse impacts on access to, or within, sustainable fishing or aquaculture sites must demonstrate that they will, in order of preference:
a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate significant adverse impacts
d) if it is not possible to mitigate the significant adverse impacts, proposals should state the case for proceeding.

SW-FISH-3

Proposals that enhance access to, or within sustainable fishing or aquaculture sites should be supported.

SW-FISH-4

Proposals must demonstrate that they will, in order of preference:
a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate significant adverse impact on essential fish habitat, including, spawning, nursery, feeding grounds and migration routes.