UK Domestic Aquaculture - Reports

The Seafish Domestic Aquaculture Strategy Programme offers aquaculture reports and guides, produced to help increase understanding of the importance, diversity and potential of UK aquaculture.

Shellfish Production in Relation to Several and Regulating Orders

The UK shellfish industry is a multi-million pound sector that produces thousands of tonnes of shellfish each year, and has considerable potential for growth.

Several and Regulating Orders (also referred to as SROs) are special legislation to encourage the setting up and management of private and natural shellfisheries in UK coastal waters - granting exclusive rights over shellfish for a specific period in a designated area. From a UK perspective it is vital to understand the importance of SROs in shellfish production.

SROs have reputation of being complex and unwieldy, but continue to present opportunities to enhance UK shellfish production. They are a vital 'tool in the toolbox' to encourage increased production, particularly the farming of shellfish which has generally stagnated in the UK over recent years.

This Seafish report describes and explains SROs by detailing their background and status, whilst highlighting their use and importance to individual shellfish producers and regulating bodies.

The Value of Aquaculture to England, Wales and Northern Ireland

UK aquaculture is a diverse industry however Scottish Atlantic salmon dominates harvest tonnage and value. The socio-economic importance of the aquaculture industry to Scotland is well-known, but the same understanding was limited as to the importance of aquaculture to England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
There is a need to detail the key economic drivers impacting aquaculture in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and identify what the sector can control, what Government can influence, and what are the key externalities that impact upon it.
This Seafish report analyses the economic contribution and value of the major aquaculture sub-sectors, and the most important farmed species in these three nations. It highlights opportunities, constraints and comparative advantages for the major aquaculture sub-sectors, and offers recommendations to industry and Government to assist the industries future growth.

Who's Who in UK Aquaculture

Aquaculture in the UK is a diverse industry and many official and independent bodies across the UKs four Devolved Administrations are active within it.The 'Who's Who' collates and provides links to Government bodies and policies, important regulators, independent advisors, trade bodies, information providers, funders and educators pertinent to UK aquaculture. 

The 2017 FAO Aquaculture Questionnaire: UK Aquaculture Management

The Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries  (CCRF) was adopted by the FAO in 1995 to facilitate change and adjustment within fisheries and aquaculture in order to ensure that resources are utilized in a long-term sustainable manner.

A biennial questionnaire on the aquaculture provisions of the CCRF has been circulated to countries to enable the FAO to compile a comprehensive dataset and carry out analysis of global aquaculture performance in relation to the Code.

Four of the UK Fisheries Administrations has provided their response to each questionnaire item to create a detailed and comprehensive UK submission which compiles the essential aquaculture management instruments and measures in place across the UK, as well as mechanisms that support or enhance these instruments and measures.