Marine Aquaculture permitting pilots

Jari Setälä, Mari Saario, Teresa Lindholm, Ari Ekroos, Timo Juvonen, Markus Kankainen, Jouni Vielma, Lauri Niskanen, Piia Pessala, Antti Pitkänen

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The Natural Resource Institute Finland (Luke) and Gaia Consulting Oy (Gaia) implemented the Mariculture permit-
ting pilots-project in cooperation with the Regional Council of Southwest Finland, Enlawing Con-sulting Oy and au-
thorities which manage aquaculture. The project produced information and solution models for streamlining environ-
mental permitting and accelerating sustainable growth in aquaculture in marine areas through piloting, discussions
with authorities and expert workshops.
Preliminary discussions between fish farming companies and authorities were held concerning practical planning of
permitting in the pilots. Through the discussions current problems in permitting were identified and solution models
searched for. In addition to preliminary discussions also the national aquaculture location management plan and ap-
plication of Baltic Sea fish feed were tested in the pilots. Amongst other the project evaluated the growth potential of
aquaculture, recirculation models for nutrients and the opportunities for zoning and marine spatial planning in improv-
ing aquaculture location planning and sustainable growth.
The project made several recommendations concerning streamlining of aquaculture permitting. The main recommen-
dations were better focus of advice, increasing instructions for companies, strengthening cooperation between com-
panies and authorities already before the beginning of the permitting process and extending the location planning to
all production phases as well as municipal and provincial zoning. The project also recommends developing legisla-
tion which enables the utilization of Baltic Sea fish feed and movement towards emission-based permits.
Translated title of the contributionMarine Aquaculture permitting pilots
Original languageFinnish
Number of pages135
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-287-544-0
Publication statusPublished - May 2018
MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

Publication series

NameValtioneuvoston selvitys- ja tutkimustoiminnan julkaisusarja
PublisherValtioneuvoston kanslia
ISSN (Electronic)2324-6799

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