Aquaculture is the practice of farming marine populations of fish, seaweed, molluscs, plants, and other organisms. Doing so helps supply industries with product in a reasonably reliable way, by farming that species/plant etc in controlled conditions as opposed to commercial fishing or gathering in the wider marine and coastal environments, and inland waters.
This overview of the active aquaculture industry does not include installations which are based inland, only those which are within the area covered by Solway Firth Partnership.
As mentioned in the overview for the Productive chapter introduction of the Solway Review, this section is populated with data and information from the Socio-economic Assessment’s for the Scottish (SEASS), and English Solway (SEAES), which are two separate projects completed in 2020. Text below will be predominantly directly from the SEASS or SEAES Reports but is altered at times. These reports are available here. These socio-economic reports were needed in light of the changing face of socio-economic aspects impacting the Solway Firth, and also for the purpose of populating the productive section of the Solway Review. Text from the SEASS and SEAES reports is not referenced individually.
Image; Native oyster. © E. Baruah