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Strategy, Policy, Regulation

Strategy, Policy and Regulation

SAF was launched to bring together experts from academia, government and industry to support in the sustainable growth of the aquaculture industry. The documents below are examples of where SAF scientists have recently coordinated efforts to support stakeholders in influencing Marine Strategy, Policy and Regulation.

Supporting Mariculture Development: Evidence for informed regulation

Project PI: Ian Ashton

Project Lead: Carly Daniels

Contributors: Josh Martin, Ross Brown, Charles Tyler, Mindfully Wired

This project bought together experts from the fields of marine planning, regulation, management, science, and industry to explore opportunities to streamline regulatory processes and clarify evidence requirements for emerging marine aquaculture (mariculture) developments focused on the South-west. An interactive workshop included exercises to help identify key actions needed to support sustainable development of novel and emerging mariculture practices (e.g. seaweed farming) building on the licensing of traditional practices (e.g. shellfish farming). Case studies included marine licensing, aquaculture strategy, mariculture planning in association with fishing, and mariculture developments around MPAs. The workshop generated broad agreement between the attending regulating bodies, scientists and industry for the sustainable development of mariculture industry in the South West. Information from this workshop was used to synthesise a Policy brief and Policy statement which have since fed into the English Aquaculture Strategy. 

The work was funded by Research England’s Strategic Priorities Fund.

Daniels, C., Ashton, I., Brown, R., Martin, J., Tyler, C., Ryan, K., Mynott, S., Kaye, R. (Eds) (2020) Supporting Mariculture Development: Evidence for Informed Regulation. Policy Brief. 21pp. ‌‌Download policy brief here

Daniels, C., Ashton, I., Brown, R., Martin, J., Tyler, C., Ryan, K., Mynott, S., Kaye, R. (Eds) (2020) Supporting Mariculture Development: Evidence for Informed Regulation. Policy Statement. 5pp. ‌Download policy statement here
 

Developing general rules to facilitate evidence-based policy for mariculture development in and around Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in England

Project PI: Charles Tyler

Project Lead: Ross Brown

Contributors: Carly Daniels, Keith Jeffery (CEFAS), Pia Bateman (Southern IFCA)

Evidence-based policy is required to facilitate sustainable growth in UK aquaculture. This requires optimising species selection and aquaculture technologies and seeks to complement, rather than conflict with, other marine uses, including marine conservation. We conducted a regional case study for SW England, supported by the Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs) and Natural England. The report provides a synthesis of evidence and recent developments in marine policy making and decision support tools for enabling the sustainable development of mariculture sites, species and technologies in and around marine protected areas (MPAs). 

The work was funded by Research England’s Strategic Priorities Fund.

Brown AR, Daniels C, Jeffery K, Tyler CR (2020). Potential for marine aquaculture development in and around Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in England. Policy Brief. 13pp. Download policy brief here

Brown, AR., Daniels, C., Jeffery, K., Bateman, P., Tyler, CR (2020). Developing general rules to facilitate evidence-based policy for mariculture development in and around Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in England. Report to Research England (Strategic Priorities Fund).  30pp. Download policy report here