5 Section 2 - Protection of Shellfish Areas
Question 19. Do you agree with the introduction of provisions to protect shellfish growing waters and support the sustainable growth of the shellfish industry?
|1. Public Bodies||11||0||1|
|3. Marine fisheries||3||0||3|
|4. Freshwater fisheries||18||0||32|
|5. Professional/Academic Bodies||2||0||1|
|6. Voluntary Sector||12||0||9|
|8. Other Commercial||2||0||3|
5.1 Of those who responded, nearly all supported this proposal.
5.2 This was based on an agreed need to restore the protection provided by the (to be repealed) Shellfish Waters Directive.
5.3 Some respondents expressed concerns about the potential designation criteria. One in particular was concerned about benefits accruing to shellfish operators resulting in constraints on onshore development.
5.4 One respondent suggested that the regulations be implemented through the marine planning system. Others suggested that the global Bivalve Aquaculture Standards be used as a guide for regulation of shellfish aquaculture.