The South West is perfectly positioned to develop novel, innovative aquaculture and agri-tech businesses. The existing cluster draws on extensive experience across marine and freshwater cultivation with support from world leading research institutes and UK government agencies.

The industry is supported by the South West Aquaculture Network (SWAN) and strengthened by the unique mix of good water quality, advanced marine engineering and political drive for success.

The Dorset Mariculture Strategy and SWAN provide industry with key development and collaboration opportunities to grow the sector holistically, providing food security and contributing to the UK Government’s commitment to Net-Zero Carbon by 2050.

Dorset Coast Forum

The Dorset Coast Forum is a strategic coastal partnership, which looks at the long term issues facing the Dorset coast and its inshore waters. The forum enables investors to discuss issues, gain access to the latest data and information, access support for the design and delivery of innovative projects, and network with key industry stakeholders.  Dorset Coast Forum’s Aquaculture Development Officer provides support to both the Fisheries and Aquaculture industry.

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Dorset & Devon Aquaculture Website

Promotes the aquaculture market in Dorset and East Devon which is growing to meet national and global demand for fish, shellfish and aquatic plants by developing and deploying technologies.

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High Potential Opportunity for Sustainable Aquaculture (HPO)

Dorset has been recognised by the Department for International Trade with the award of a High Potential Opportunity for Sustainable Aquaculture (HPO). The HPO details investment opportunities and is intended to help attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and support sectors to develop business in the South West.

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SWAN members meet quarterly (currently online Zoom meetings).

19th January 2021 – Minutes & Presentations

20th October 2020 – Minutes & Presentations

21st July 2020 – Minutes & Presentations

19th February 2020 – Minutes 

SWAN Contact details

To find out more about SWAN or to join the Network please contact: –

Martin Sutcliffe – SWAN Chair 
Dorset Aquaculture & Fisheries Development Officer, Dorset Coast Forum

01305 224766

07887 627382

 Joanna Rufus – SWAN Secretariat 

Inward Investment, Economic Growth and Regeneration. Dorset Council 

01305 224797