Dorset News, Environment, Latest News | Posted: Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 at 2:37 pm | return to news

Aquaculture strategy could provide new jobs in Dorset

A plan of action for Dorset that aims to provide a sustainable route for the breeding, rearing and harvesting of fish, plants and organisms in all type of water environments has been launched.

Oysters © Butterfly Effect Films
Oysters © Butterfly Effect Films

The Dorset Sustainable Mariculture Strategy has been written by Dorset Coast Forum (DCF) following extensive consultation with stakeholders in the county.

Dorset already has a thriving aquaculture industry and Poole Harbour produces the largest volume of Pacific Oysters in England, but it is hoped that a collective voice from the industry will help it reach its full potential

Martin Sutcliffe, Fisheries and Aquaculture development officer for Dorset Coast Forum, working in partnership with Dorset Council and Kingston Maurward College said, “Aquaculture isn’t just fish in sea cages; many different species can be farmed from seaweeds to shellfish and shrimp, on land or in the sea. The Strategy will give the sector a collective focus and drive and help develop a skilled workforce for the future.”

Cllr Ray Bryan, portfolio holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, added, “Aquaculture can provide skilled jobs for Dorset residents and help kick start the economy as we move forward following the COVID-19 pandemic. If done correctly aquaculture can contribute to food security and help regeneration of coastal towns.”

Alongside the Strategy a new online website will also be launched – www.dorsetaquaculture.co.uk.

The Strategy is available now to download from the Dorset Coast Forum website https://www.dorsetcoast.com/projects/aquaculture/ and anyone who wants more information should contact Martin on 01305 224766 or by e-mail atmartin.sutcliffe@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

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