Current EU policy is urging member states to simplify administrative procedures and national policies in order to sustainably develop the aquaculture industry. The Irish National Strategic Plan for Sustainable Aquaculture Development recommended a "review of the existing aquaculture licensing system”. The review group presented its report in May 2017. As part of the TAPAS project the Marine Institute have been consulting with fish farmers across the country to try and understand the bottlenecks and sticking points with regulation of aquaculture.

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