About the Aquaculture Map

The interactive map allows display of potential areas for aquaculture for seventeen species within the Dorset and East Devon FLAG area. The project report provides detailed information on how these potential areas have been derived and any underlying limitations of the underpinning data. This map allows viewers to switch on/off individual map layers to examine the spatial overlap of different map features and areas.

Whilst the project outputs should help target aquaculture opportunities and inform the development of new aquaculture business plans in the event of future planning applications, more detailed site assessment and potential impact assessment will still need to be undertaken.

Should funds become available, the next stages for regional or community led investment could include exploring whether permissions and licences could be obtained for certain areas or zones e.g. as part of a fisheries fund project administered by a body such as the Dorset Coast Forum or the Crown Estate. This would enable easier start-up opportunities particularly for small to medium scale businesses which may best support the local economy. Assessment of carrying capacity, economic potential or zoning for diseases were not included as part of this assessment. However, if pre-licensed areas or zones were to be created, these would need to be assessed and developed along with economic and socio cultural considerations.

The project has developed a model and tools for detailed mapping of potential aquaculture areas which makes identification of biologically and physically suitable areas possible particularly for new entrants. Additionally, it identifies exclusions with buffer zones for various sorts of aquaculture system due to other human activity or hard constraints. This approach combines the traditional approach of looking for areas of least conflict with an ecosystem and integrated coastal management approach. The underlying data and assumptions, along with the tables and maps generated, can be built on as knowledge and experience develops further.

Last updated: 13 March 2020