An initial consideration of data availability issues in downscaling ocean accounting to inform sustainable aquaculture development: the example of Clew Bay, Ireland

Catherine McManus, Alistair McIlgorm, Rachel Nichols, Andrew Cooper

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Abstract

With the international prioritisation of sustainable development for management of marine resources and areas, those involved in marine industry are seeking how they progress their environmental, economic and social relationships, in a sustainable manner. Ocean accounting is an emerging tool that may enable stakeholders to integrate data and information from different disciplinary areas, bringing it together to facilitate sustainable development. The case of Clew Bay, Ireland is examined to see the extent to which ocean accounts may be translated to a regional marine area. The study identifies significant gaps between nationally available marine data sets and the regional requirements of ocean accounts. These reflect past marine governance, management and policy approaches and suggests that progressing ocean accounts in regional areas will require significant realignment and adaptation by agencies providing marine data to meet the needs of stakeholder groups such as aquaculturists. The case study indicates that pilot exercises based around ocean account information are required for government agencies and stakeholders to develop more integrated plans for a sustainable industry and regional community.
Original languageEnglish
Article number105286
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalMarine Policy
Volume145
Early online date15 Sep 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished online - 15 Sep 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors thank Mary Hannah of Bord Iascaigh Mhara and Clew Bay CLAMS Coordinator for her invaluable assistance with data collection for this project.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 The Authors

Keywords

  • Ocean accounting
  • Natural capital
  • Ecosystem services
  • Aquaculture
  • Ireland

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