Fisheries & Aquaculture

As an island nation fishing always has and continues to be vital to food security and to our economy. However, our fishing grounds are under considerable pressure from historic overfishing as well as demands for space by other users.

Sustainable fisheries are recognised as having an important role to play in food security in both the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy reform and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

Aquaculture is increasingly becoming an important contributor in meeting the demand for seafood and food security.

Key services:

  • Characterisation of fisheries
  • Economic evaluation
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Expert witness Fisheries Liaison
  • Policy impact

Selected Project experience:

Distribution and Economic Value of Commercial Fishing and Shellfishing Activities - COWRIE

ABPmer was commissioned by COWRIE to develop spatial information layers on the distribution and economic value of commercial fishing and shellfishing activities in UK waters. The work, funded by COWRIE (Collaborative Offshore Wind Research Into The Environment), was primarily used to support strategic siting assessments for Round 3 Offshore Wind Farms but will also be of relevance for other marine renewable energy projects.

Fate of Fishfarm Wastes - Scottish Aquaculature Research Forum

ABPmer was commissioned by Scottish Aquaculature Research Forum to undertake a numerical modelling study to investigate the assessment of the fate of chemical/faecal material arising from fish farms.

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