Marine Institute

Aquaculture Licensing

As part of the aquaculture licensing process, we provide scientific and technical advice to Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine (DAFM).

In compliance with the Birds & Habitats Regulations, we actively participate in the Appropriate Assessment of the impacts of aquaculture activities on Natura 2000 sites by preparing supporting reports and evaluating applications. We input to the screening of applications to determine whether or not a supporting Environmental Impact Statement is required. In addition, we provide objective scientific opinion on relevant environmental issues related to aquaculture licence applications as part of the statutory consultation process.