Aquaculture Regulatory Toolbox for England

England's aquaculture industry is currently made up of a diverse range of enterprises that have mostly remained fairly small scale and close to local markets.

Farms produce a range of finfish, shellfish and crustaceans in marine, intertidal and freshwater environments. With increasing drivers of food and nutritional security, a growing population and increasing demand for healthy products the English industry must increase production to meet these needs.

New technology driving aquaculture growth

New improving technologies and industry initiatives are emerging that both reduce environmental impacts and enable the exploitation of more exposed environments that may be suitable for larger scale aquaculture production. Recirculation aquaculture systems (RAS) continue to improve and move towards commercial reality. Also emerging and innovative sectors - such as IMTA, aquaponics, macro algae and submersible cages -hold promise for future growth.

Summary of Regulatory Requirements and Guidance for New Aquaculture Businesses in England

This page brings together Cefas guidance on regulatory requirements for new aquaculture businesses in England into a single portal covering both existing sectors and those that are just emerging. 

Provided in the 'Initial Documents' section below is a list of regulators with contact details as well as a breakdown of existing and emerging aquaculture sectors. Individual Aquaculture Sector PDFs give summary information with links and contacts on the type of licences, authorisations, and permissions required to set up and run that specific type of aquaculture business.