The work will continue at various fora

Aquabest project activities have faded down, but based on response from stakeholders and project partners, collaborative efforts to develop sustainable aquaculture in our region are still needed.

Firstly, preparing national strategic plans within the reformed Common Fishery Policy are well under way in Member States. These plans and European Maritime and Fisheries Fund will help the sector to adapt new sustainable practices and technologies such as smart regulation, spatial planning, and nutrient as well as water recirculation technologies.

Secondly, European Commission (DG ENV in cooperation with DG MARE) has initiated a process to provide support for the development of guidance documentation for the implementation of environmental legislation (and especially the Water Framework Directive and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive) in the context of the development of sustainable aquaculture. As part of this, regional good-practice workshop within the Baltic Sea region will be organized, hopefully during the early summer. Stakeholder dialogue and information provided during Aquabest-project will certainly be useful in this process.

Thirdly, in the Common Fisheries Policy, specific new body Aquaculture Advisory Council will be established for stakeholder consultation. As regionalised approach is also emphasized in the CFP, Aquabest networking may prove very useful to get the voice heard from this region within the AAC.

Finally, there are new research and development plans in the pipeline and many seem to build upon the network formed during the project. We are wishing you the best in these future endeavors, and trust that Aquabest Recommendations, reports and contacts will prove helpful.

On behalf of Aquabest partners, I would like to thank all the stakeholders for their interest and valuable input during the project activities.

Jouni Vielma, project coordinator