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Manual on infrastructure and planning needs for aquaculture in the Baltic Sea Region

Planning a specific aquaculture project is a complex time-consuming and cost-intensive challenge with a lot of interdisciplinary tasks. It needs a case-related assessment, planning and management of diverse economical, ecological and social parameters. Investors for aquaculture plants have to apply for numerous permits of different authorities and they need information about available funding opportunities. This manual provides you an overview on infrastructure and planning needs for aquaculture. Moreover, the document also includes information on financing conditions and responsible permit authorities in selected countries of the Baltic Sea Region. The full manual can be downloaded here: Manual on infrastructure and planning needs

Actual and potential aquaculture locations in the Baltic Sea Region

The report presents an overview of selected actual aquaculture locations in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). Moreover, it discusses parameters for potential marine aquaculture locations and provides an insight into three potential aquaculture regions: 

  • plans for marine aquaculture - Bornholm (Denmark)
  • plans for marine aquaculture - Saaremaa (Estonia)
  • potential land-based aquaculture locations in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania (Germany)

The full report can be downloaded here: Aquaculture Locations in the BSR

Case study of Natura 2000 territory in Latvia and analysis of restrictive aspects for aquaculture development

By decreasing of natural fish resources the role of aquaculture has become increasingly important as an alternative source for fish extraction. However, in the most parts of the Baltic Sea Region, including Latvia, aquaculture activity has not been initiated in the sea. There is also no aquaculture activity in the Natura 2000 coastal territories in Latvia and each case of its initiation in the protected area must be separately evaluated. However, there is possible a successful cooperation in protection of Natura 2000 territories and the development of aquaculture enterprises in these territories. Therefore, this report analysis the possibilities and restrictions related to aquaculture development in Natura 2000 territiories focusing on Latvia. Also some general facts about the aquaculture development in the Baltic Sea Region are provided. To download the overall report please refer to: Report - Case study Natura 2000 and restrictive aspects for aquaculture development

Quick Scan on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Strategies

In 2002 the European Parliament adopted a Recommendation on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) which defines principles for a sound coastal planning and management. Based on the Recommendation the Member States had to define Coastal Zone Management Strategies. The quick scan provides an overview of the implementation stage of ICZM strategies in the countries of the Baltic Sea Region. Moreover, the coastal zone is used by different actors. Aquaculture is one of these users and faces the competition and conflicts can arise. Therefore, as the aquaculture sector is growing it also has been investigated if and how aquaculture is embedded in the ICZM strategies. To download the quick scan please refer to: Quick Scan on ICZM