User requirements and technical preparation – WP2

Contact: Pauline O’Donohoe


Telephone: +353 9138 7200

Planning and management of aquaculture is key to ensure that natural capital is used efficiently, maximising benefits through food provision and contributing to the economy. A strong but flexible regulatory and licensing framework can protect, secure and enhance the marine and coastal environment. However, at present, the fragmented approach to regulation and licensing throughout Europe is one of the limiting factors in aquaculture development. The outcomes of the WP2 during the first period was review and assessment of the regulatory approaches throughout the EAA and implementation of national consultations.

Planned tasks to achieve

  1. Developing a common data collection methodology
  2. Implementing consultations, build stakeholder partnerships, identify causes of variations, bottlenecks and problems
  3. Identifying bottlenecks within regulatory policies and licensing regimes
  4. Preparing case study to compare the different methods
  5. Providing requirement analysis and feedback

Completed tasks until 18th Month

  1. Two data questionnaires have been used to develop a common method and a preliminary analysis on the existing regulatory and licensing frameworks has been conducted
  2. WP partners met directly with respondents to complete questionnaires, including a number of meetings over Eastern Europe by NACEE
  3. Two reports have been completed (interim report on existing regulatory and licensing frameworks, interim report on perceived impacts and bottlenecks in licensing frameworks)
  4. Several partners have participated in high profile events with key stakeholders to encourage participation with TAPAS