Sustainable fisheries have an important role to play in food security and coastal economies. As an island nation, fishing will always be vital to food security and to our economy. The UK’s exit from the EU provides opportunities for reshaping fisheries management and policy in UK waters. However our fishing grounds, like many others, are under considerable pressure from historic overfishing as well as demands for space by other users such as renewable energy and marine protected areas. At the same time, aquaculture is increasingly becoming an important contributor to meeting the demand for seafood.
ABPmer has expertise in fisheries policy and management, socio-economic impact assessment, planning and licensing for aquaculture, and seafood trade and value-chain analysis.
We are at the forefront of Brexit thinking in relation to fisheries, including reimagining fisheries governance arrangements in the North-East Atlantic, and analysing fishing access and trade scenarios related to leaving the EU and Common Fisheries Policy. We also work closely with the industry to better understand the impacts of fishing, to develop new approaches for reducing uncertainty in assessments, and to better take account of fishing in MPA planning, designation and implementation.
We undertake fisheries and aquaculture research, data analysis and offer advice to a range of clients including government departments, statutory bodies, industry, Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) and NGOs.
To learn more about our fisheries and aquaculture services, contact Suzannah Walmsley on +44 (0)23 8071 1858.