Aquaculture research and insight

UK farmed seafood is important and has great potential. Here we share published Seafish research supportive of our domestic industry.

The European Union (EU) is one the world’s major seafood markets. Of the 2017 seafood supply the EU actually produced itself, almost 1.4 million tonnes was from its own aquaculture industry, which is mainly located in five countries: Spain, France, Italy, Greece and the UK.

In 2018, the total UK aquaculture production was 189,921 tonnes (live weight). This had a first sale value of just over £962 million. UK aquaculture is a very varied industry with nearly 1,700 production sites across the four individual nations - England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The industry employed almost 3,300 people in 2017. There are many official and independent players active within it - administrators, regulators, supporters and other interested parties.

The Value of Aquaculture to England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Despite Scottish Atlantic salmon dominating harvest tonnage and value, UK aquaculture remains a diverse industry. The socio-economic importance of the aquaculture industry to Scotland is well-known, but until now the same understanding was limited as to the importance of aquaculture to England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

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 the opportunities, constraints and comparative advantages for aquaculture sub-sectors, and offers recommendations to industry and Government to assist the industries future growth.

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Exploiting the Potential for a Sustainable Aquaculture and Fisheries Centre in SW England

This SIP supported feasibility study presents the concept of developing an aquaculture and fisheries research and development centre at Brixham Laboratory, Devon. 

The report explores the opportunity for an innovation hub to enable exploration and knowledge sharing in aquaculture, applied fisheries, and seafood supply chain, and to become home to a diverse and forward-facing community fostering new ideas and approaches to the UKs biggest seafood supply challenges.

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Closing the Circle: Aquaculture Development in Enclosed Waters

This Seafish Strategic Investment Programme (SIP) supported project examines the opportunities for aquaculture in/around enclosed marine water bodies, as well as the development of a generic design for a shellfish hatchery in three inter-related reports. The proposed Tidal Lagoon in Swansea Bay (TLSB) case study is a significant focus of this project. 

Reports available below:

Aquaculture Opportunities for Enclosed Marine Water Bodies - Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay Case Study

Develpment of a Generic Shellfish Hatchery Design

Aquaculture Site Scoping Matrix