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Fishing and Aquaculture Policy S-AQ-1

Proposals for sustainable aquaculture in identified areas of potential sustainable aquaculture production will be supported. Proposals in existing or within potential sustainable aquaculture production areas must demonstrate consideration of and compatibility with sustainable 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 sustainable aquaculture
d) if it is not possible to mitigate significant adverse impacts, proposals should state the case for proceeding.

Policy Considerations

  1. 1. Proposals must provide evidence demonstrating how they do not have a significant adverse impact on aquaculture production, including on:- water quality
    - pollutant levels or increases in turbidity 
    - direct disturbance of culture species and their immediate environment 
    - the wider water column - pollutants or invasive species flow towards an aquaculture site   
  2. If it is not possible to avoid adverse impacts, proposals must show how direct and indirect effects will be minimised or mitigated; such as through co-existence of aquaculture with the development, ensuring no pollutants harmful to human health are released, or improving the relevant environmental conditions at another site eg assistance with water quality improvement projects. 
  3. Proposals for aquaculture developments should include any engagement and consultation with stakeholders from the same geographical area, such as, local fisheries or tourism and recreation (for example the Royal Yachting Association or Cruising Association).    
  4. It may be beneficial to consult with the following organisations:   
    - The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science
    - Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities
    - The Crown Estate

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