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Aquaculture associations and public actors

Here we give examples of organisations and networks, whom work to promote sustainable development of aquaculture. There are also a number of public actors involved in aquaculture both state/regional and non-governmental. In addition to these, the municipal players are also of great importance, especially regarding permits, environmental issues, coastal zone planning and the promotion of aquaculture.

Aquaculture associations

Fiskekommunerna is a network where nine municipalities and the Region Västra Götaland cooperate for the sustainable development of Bohuslän's fishing industry. Fiskekommunerna interact with various stakeholders in the fishing industry and build knowledge and influence processes and frameworks relevant to the marine environment, commercial fishing and aquaculture. The network is made up of local politicians and business counsellors and should be a positive force in support of new and existing businesses in fisheries and aquaculture.

Nordic Network on Aquaculture Recirculating Systems
The network's goal is to coordinate and strengthen research and development of recirculating aquaculture systems in the Nordic countries. The network is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Samförvaltning Norra Bohuslän
A fishermen’s association engaged in local co-management of the prawn and Norway lobster fishing in Northern Bohuslän (Strömstad and Tanum’s municipalities). The initiative consists of local expertise (fishermen, scientists and municipal officials), as well as officials from the provincial government and the Swedish Agency for marine and water management.

Svensk Skaldjursodling Producentorganisation
The shellfish growers association organizes the farmers and fishermen of oysters and mussels in order to promote the economic interests by representing the members in authority issues, such as issues relating to the coordination and development of toxin control, licensing, etc.

Public actors - governmental agencies

Västra Götalandsregionen
Region Västra Götaland is a funder and works closely together with SWEMARC in the framework of the maritime strategy for Västra Götaland. The region promotes aquaculture development through investments in development projects and through a commitment to marine environmental issues.

Länsstyrelsen - County Administrative Board of Västra Götaland
Fisheries legislation specifies the conditions for the establishment of fish, crayfish and mussel farms, and it is the provincial government that gives permission. The Board may also give applicants advice on the location and condition at an establishment. The County Administrative Board is responsible for the supervision and control of aquaculture businesses in the county.

Jordbruksverket – Swedish Board of Agriculture
The Board of Agriculture is the Government's expert authority in matters of agri-food policy, and is responsible for the agricultural and horticultural sectors as well as fisheries and aquaculture.

Havs och vattenmyndigheten - Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management
The Agency is responsible for managing and implementing environmental policies in issues of conservation, restoration and sustainable use of lakes, rivers and seas. This includes sustainable management of fisheries resources and aquaculture.

Livsmedelsverket – National Food Agency
The Food Agency is the competent authority regarding the promotion of healthy dietary habits, safe foods and fair practices in the food trade.

Statens veterinärmedicinska anstalt - National Veterinary Institute
The National Veterinary Institute strives for good animal and human health, a good environment and sustainable food production.


Public actors - non-governmental organisations

Naturskyddsföreningen – Swedish Society for Nature Conservation
The society's mission is to influence policy makers on sustainable environmental issues including fisheries and aquaculture management.


Världsnaturfonden – World Wildlife Fund