User requirements and technical preparation – WP2

Work Package Two (WP2) of the TAPAS project focuses on Requirements Analysis and Stakeholder Integration. The consortium partners of WP2 are tasked with developing a common methodology for data collection on policy, social carrying capacity of aquaculture and the regulatory implementation from the industry, regional and national authorities and stakeholders. This will support member states to establish a coherent and efficient regulatory framework aimed at sustainable growth. The TAPAS partners implemented national consultations in TAPAS countries Industry partners, scientists, planners, regulators & case officers in an effort quantify the causes of variations in the licencing process, identify bottlenecks within this process and to recognise regulatory & monitoring concerns. The consortium also focused on building long standing stakeholder partnerships and establishment of stakeholder groups. Permanency of these groups builds insight and trust, and continuity of stakeholder input.


“Capture the current issues within the aquaculture sector in relation to licensing problems, industry bottlenecks and monitoring problems. Quantify the cause of variations in the licensing process, identify bottlenecks and recognise any regulatory and monitoring problems. Building of long standing stakeholder partnerships which help to build deeper insight and trust and give continuity of stakeholder input.”


Six tasks to achieve

1.         Develop a methodology

2.         Implement consultations, build stakeholder partnerships, identify causes of variations, bottlenecks and problems.

3.         Identify bottlenecks within regulatory policies and licensing regimes

4.         Case study to compare the different methods

5.         Requirements analysis and feedback


Requirements analysis & stakeholder integration

Here in WP2 we began TAPAS by carrying out in depth analysis of current practices in aquaculture as well as the regulation and legislation that governs it.  This research highlighted the requirements of the producers, regulators and ecosystems. In WP2 we communicate between these stakeholders and the TAPAS project team to create cost efficient, sustainable management tools and practices for sustainable development of the aquaculture industry.



1.         New Tools (Applying for a licence, opening a farm, licensing, decision making, monitoring practices)

2.         Efficient licensing (Bottlenecks, decision making, legislation, regulations)

3.         Sustainable aquaculture (Best practice, community, environmental and ecosystem sustainability)

4.         Improved public image (Public perception of the industry, better engagement between stakeholders, community outreach and education)