Historic and current constraints on the development of the Scottish aquaculture industry www.hambreyconsulting.co.uk
AKA : What size could or should the Scottish Aquaculture Industry be – and what’s stopping it?
Existing Constraints Physical ? Market ? Regulatory? Planning? Finance? Designations? Skills? Other ? Infrastructure? Public Opinion?
Physical Constraints Does topography and geography limit: A) farm sizes B) Total production
Site Availability • How many more sites are available, capable to adequately assimilating (and modelling) large biomasses? • Underused sites? • Shellfish shortages.
Infrastructure • Adequate road, rail linkages • Proximity of feed plants • Maritime Infrastructure • Feed deliveries • Well-boat harvesting
Market Constraints • Does the market dictate total production?
Regulatory Constraints • Limits on farm size • Autodepomod II • Medicinal licensing • Overall availability • Contributes to limit cage size • Recent progress (deltametherin)
Planning Constraints • Uncertainty • Delay • Direct Cost of Applications • Indirect cost of Applications • Flexibility • Role of statutory consultation • Role of public consultation
Designations • Natura 2000 – SPAs & SACs • National Scenic Areas • SSSIs • BAP Species
Designations • Around 1/3 of salmon farms are in NSAs • Around 58% in Highland Region • Around ¼ of farms take place adjacent to BAP species or habitats • Less than 10% of farms are in or adjacent to Natura 2000 sites • Highland region also has the highest overlap (15%).
Any other constraints? • Locational guidelines? • Availability of finance? • Skilled workforce? • Public perception? • Disease (ASP in Shellfish – firebreaks?) • Raw materials? Feed / smolt supply? • Barriers to new entrants