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.

Latest SWAN Meeting Information HERE >

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).

SWAN AGM and Conference – 28th October 2021

Thank you to those who attended the SWAN AGM and Conference – there was great attendance with over 70 people from the Aquaculture sector joining us and we really hope you found it as enjoyable and informative as we did.

SWAN AGM 2021 Delegate List

A BIG thank all to conference sponsors, speakers, panelists and market stalls for taking the time to share their work and knowledge and for making such a successful day for aquaculture take place! 


One Health Panellists – Kevin Brooks, Prof Grant Stentiford, Imogen Davenport, Elena Piana, Ryan Mowat, Dr Lawrence Brown, Oliver Robinson. Photo credit: RS Aqua

If you didn’t manage to attend or wanted to follow up on anything then you can view the presentation slides below.

  1. It takes a county to grow an Industry, Elena Piana, Noola Redclaw Ltd 
  2. The Seafood 2040 Programme and Aquaculture Development at Regional and National Scales, Dr Neil Auchterlonie, Seafood 2040
  3. Public perceptions of seafood: Shaping the narrative, Harriet Yates-Smith, Mindfully Wired Communications
  4. Using a combination of tracking and underwater video techniques to assess habitat use and connectivity of commercial important species within offshore aquaculture & coastal areas, Dr Thomas Stamp, University of Plymouth
  5. Support for Dorset’s Key Sectors, John Sellgren, Executive Director of Place, Dorset Council
  6. Practical ocean-based solutions to remove CO2 from our oceans, Howard Gunstock, CarbonKapture
  7. 5G Rural Dorset: Aquaculture, Digby Sowerby, 5G Rural Dorset
  8. Seafish and Aquaculture, Lee Cocker,Seafish Seafish Aquaculture Handout for SWAN Conference 281021
  9. How Aquaculture Innovation Centres Drive Development, Claude Kaplan, Hatch Accelerator 

 10. BTA Vision for the Future, Oliver Robinson, British Trout Association

 11. The Intelligent Merchant City at Fawley Waterside – A Place for Life and Innovation, Brett Trafford, Fawley Waterside 

Opportunites for Aquaculture Horizon Europe 2022

SWAN Meeting Information

26th April 2022 – Minutes & Presentations

January 2022 – Minutes & Presentations

20th July 2021 – Minutes & Presentations

20th April 2021 – Minutes & Presentations

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