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Dorset Marine Aquaculture Strategy Consultation

We are inviting anyone in the Aquaculture industry or an interest in Aquaculture to have your say on the draft Dorset Marine Aquaculture Strategy. We are looking for any comments or suggestions you may have relating to the priorities, the development opportunities and the deliverable action points.

View the draft Dorset Marine Aquaculture Strategy here

Share your views and complete an on-line consultation survey here 

Consultation Closes at midnight on Sunday 23rd February 2020.

For further details contact:


The Dorset Marine Aquaculture Strategy considers the needs of Dorset as a whole including other marine stakeholders but with a principle focus on promoting sustainable and responsible aquaculture production without adverse impact on Dorset’s marine environment. It considers options to promote the cultivation of marine species onshore, intertidally, inshore and offshore by using a variety of methods.

Aquaculture in the UK has significant potential for growth and this strategy is intended to provide actions, initiatives and solutions designed to address local issues and through this help to provide targeted support to the Dorset aquaculture sector and to help attract new investment and entrants.

The content of the draft strategy was collated through engagement and consultation with the aquaculture sector, by listening to the challenges the sector face, potential opportunities and how these can be capitalised. From these consultations, four main strategic priorities were developed:

  1. Infrastructure
  2. Research and Innovation
  3. Industry Support
  4. Training and Skills

Who is this strategy for?

  • Aquaculture and fisheries sector to provide an overview of the sector and set a collective supported vision for the development of it
  • Strategic bodies such as the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, The Local Nature Partnership, The Local Industrial Strategy Working Group, Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Committee, Poole Harbour Commissioners, Dorset Councils Harbour Committee, South West Marine Cluster, Department of International Trade, Aquaculture Leadership Group and the Aquaculture Common Issues Group and well as many more
  • For funding bodies, investors and Inward Investment teams to verify the needs of the sector and gain insight into the full potential of the sector
  • Regulators such as Southern IFCA, CEFAS, Fish Health Inspectorate, Environmental Health Officers and local authorities including planners as a reference document
  • Education and research sector such as colleges, universities and independent research bodies

What is the strategy for?

  • To encourage sustainable development of the aquaculture sector
  • To provide a shared ambition and a collective voice
  • To provide guidance on the needs of the sector and how to meet those needs
  • To encourage investment
  • To provide a framework for discussion of the issues, challenges and opportunities facing Dorset in relation to its marine resources with respect to aquaculture
  • To provide some key action points to  explore and drive development
  • To link to and support other locally important strategies such as the Local Industrial Strategy, Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership Strategy, Dorset Council Economic Growth Strategy, National Aquaculture Strategy, Dorset and East Devon Fisheries Local Action Group Community-Led Strategy and the Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority Annual Plans
Other Aquaculture Initiatives and Events

Aquaculture Showcase Event – 16th January 2020

DCF hosted an event to showcase the results of the CEFAS Aquaculture Mapping project, present the draft Dorset Marine Aquaculture Strategy for comments and the Virtual Aquaculture Hub, a new resource for the industry. Here are the presentations from the day.

1. Aquaculture Showcase – Dorset Coast Forum Welcome slides

2. Simon Kershaw- CEFAS Aquaculture Mapping

3. Martin Syvret – Aquaculture Virtual Hub – tour of new website (no slides)

4. Martin Sutcliffe – Dorset Marine Aquaculture Strategy

5. Pia Bateman – Southern IFCA & role in Aquaculture Management & Regulation

OneHealth Aquaculture Expo – 4th March 2020

Dorset LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) is organising and hosting the UK’s first OneHealth Aquaculture Expo at the historic conference centre at Kingston Maurward College, Dorset, on 4th March 2020.

This fully-funded event provides a showcase for green/clean commercial UK aquaculture businesses, with Expo delegates also drawn from national retailers/buyers, the investor community, Government support agencies and the university sector. This event aims to generate momentum for national aquaculture to maximise yields and increase commercial returns while tackling the One Health problems related to food supply and preserving/protecting the environment.  Booking details can be found here.

Relevant Documents

FLAG Aquaculture Workshop Report Feb 2018

Contact details

Martin Sutcliffe
Dorset Aquaculture & Fisheries Development Officer

01305 224766

07887 627382

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