The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) launch the CLAMS document for Larne Lough –

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) launch the CLAMS document for Larne Lough Published:  19 November, 2008

Launching the document at the Highways Hotel in Larne, DARD Fisheries Director Liam McKibben said “Sustainable aquaculture development is a priority for the department. I believe this CLAMS plan provides an important resource as it combines information on the lough’s physical characteristics, history and environmental status with important biological data. It also sets the context for aquaculture activity in the lough while recognising the interests of other users.

“The department welcomes this innovative and proactive step by the shellfish farmers in Larne Lough and congratulates them for their initiative in coming together to form the CLAMS Group.”

Mr McKibben encouraged the local community and other stakeholders to engage in an active and constructive manner with the Larne CLAMS Group and to contribute to this living and evolving plan for the aquaculture industry in the area.

Co-ordinated Local Aquaculture Management Systems (CLAMS) is a process to develop, at local level, a management plan for the development of aquaculture in individual sea loughs. In each case the plan fully integrates aquaculture interests with relevant European and national policies as well as with the interests of all other groups using the marine environment and other initiatives such as Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM).

The CLAMS initiative was introduced in Northern Ireland in November 2004 and work on its implementation is being taken forward on behalf of the department by the Cross Border Aquaculture Initiative (CBAIT). CBAIT is a European Economic Interest Grouping established in 1999 to support the sustainable development of aquaculture in Northern Ireland and the six border counties of the Republic of Ireland.