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Fishing and Aquaculture Policy S-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 will 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.

Policy Considerations

  1. Proposals must provide evidence that they have considered show that they do not have a significant adverse impact on aquaculture production, including water quality, including pollutant release or increases in turbidity culture species and their immediate environment the wider water column, such as pollutants or invasive species flow towards an aquaculture site. Read more.
  2. If it is not possible to avoid impacts, minimisation or mitigation of direct and indirect should be considered. Proposals must include how this will be achieved, for example this may inlcude proposing the co-location of aquaculture with the development, ensuring the activities do not lead to the release of pollutants that could be harmful to human health and reduce the ability to sell cultivated species for food or improvement of environmental conditions elsewhere eg assistance with water quality improvement projects.
  3. If this is not possible, proposals should show how impacts will be minimised or mitigated, such as co-existence, ensuring no pollutants harmful to human health are released, improving conditions at another site.
  4. 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)
  5. It may be beneficial to consult with following arganisations:   
  • The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas): water quality and wider species requirements in relation to aquaculture
  • Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities: existing aquaculture operations, 0 to 6nm 
  • The Crown Estate: existing aquaculture operations, 6 to 12n]

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