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.

SWAN members meet quarterly (currently online Zoom meetings).

SWAN Meeting Information

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