Offshore Aquaculture and Decommissioned Oil & Gas Platforms: making the most of existing marine infrastructure



Norwich Research Park,


08/12/2016 - 9:30 am


08/12/2016 - 2:30 pm

The aquaculture industry is a key UK growth sector contributing to food security, overall aquatic food supply and economic growth in rural, coastal and regional economies. The UK Multiannual National Plan for the Development of Sustainable Aquaculture (Defra 2014) provides an outline of how growth in this sector will be fostered, with growth targets for Scotland and Northern Ireland set for 2020. Increases in the number of farms and their size will intensify competition for space in sheltered inshore waters. An opportunity therefore exists to move aquaculture activities offshore into more exposed, open waters and to consider whether existing offshore infrastructure, such as decommissioned oil & gas platforms, have a role in supporting the aquaculture sector.

This workshop will showcase the integration of data (satellite, GIS and socio-economic) in the United Kingdom to support the development of offshore aquaculture farms and re-purposing of decommissioned oil & gas platforms.

This workshop is hosted by our Knowledge Exchange Fellow, Dr Eleni Papathanasopoulou.

For more information, please click here to view the flyer.


09:30  Registration, Tea/coffee
10:00  Welcome
10:10  Setting the scene: offshore aquaculture opportunities
11:00  Problem Statement
11:15  Interactive session: overcoming challenges and creating opportunities
for offshore aquaculture
12:30  Feedback
12:50  Closing remarks
13:00  Networking and lunch


If you would like to attend please email Eleni at and include:

  • Name
  • Place of work
  • Position
  • Email
  • Contact telephone number

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