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Can SRDAM (Regional scheme for the development of marine aquaculture) facilitate the access to new farming sites on French Mediterranean coast? Public Deposited

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  • In France, the absence of further development of marine fish farming over the last 20 years has been attributed to regulatory constraints, and to the difficult access to new farming sites, due to high competition between different uses in the coastal zone. The Regional schemes for the development of marine aquaculture (SRDAM) were introduced by the French Law on modernisation of agriculture and fisheries (LMAP, 27th July 2010). The goals of SRDAM are to make an inventory of existing aquaculture sites and to identify potential sites suitable for aquaculture, and to conciliate the development of marine aquaculture with other coastal activities. As a tool for spatial planning, they are expected to enhance access to new fish farming sites, in line with the ambitious objectives of the French national strategic plan for the development of sustainable aquaculture. Our study focuses on the three SRDAMs on French Mediterranean coast published in 2015, and was based on desk work and on inquiries with professional representatives, administration and experts. We analysed the process to build the SRDAMs and the frame resulting from the process. Two years after the publication of SRDAMs, no application for new farming sites has been submitted. Other constraints, that we discuss, appear to play a major role against the creation of new farms, in opposition with the initial hypothesis that high competition on space was the main constraint. The SRDAMs constitutes a first step in the on-going process for marine coastal zone spatial planning, in relation to the EU
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  • Seattle, Washington, USA
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