The Seafish Domestic Aquaculture Strategy Program is striving to identify viable, sustainable and effective opportunities to address key issues and constraints in the UK aquaculture industry.
Set up to address the strategic issues related to aquaculture development, the English Aquaculture Working Group has now evolved to include stakeholders from across the UK. The new forum, known as the Seafish Domestic Aquaculture Advisory Committee (SDAAC), draws together a wider membership of UK aquaculture stakeholders. The SDAAC provides a mechanism for directing the work areas and resource allocation of Seafish\' Domestic Aquaculture Strategy Program.
To further equip this continually developing UK food sector, Seafish is updating its aquaculture web pages and a suite of new resources has recently been announced.
- The \"Seafish Guide to Aquaculture\" has been updated
- A summary report of aquaculture within the recently released FAO \'State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture\' has been created
- A comprehensive \"Who\'s Who in UK Aquaculture\" is also now available
Seafish Aquaculture has also reached out to education institutions across the UK, to highlight that sea safety and survival courses are available through the Seafish Safety and Training department.
Not only is Seafish engaging with exciting external aquaculture initiatives, it is supporting two aquaculture-focused projects through the Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) , and has commissioned two new reports pertinent to the UK aquaculture sector.
The results from the on-going SIF projects are expected later in the year. The commissioned reports (detailed below) will be published imminently, and will be freely available for download from the Seafish website.
- The first, \"Aquaculture in England, Wales and Northern Ireland\" focusses on analysing the economic contribution and value of the major sub-sectors and most important farmed species across the three nations.
- The second report focusses on UK shellfish production in relation to use of Several and Regulating Orders.