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Economic appraisal of artificial reef structures for lobster production - FC0310

R&D Summary objective:- To assess the economic potential of artificial reefs for the production of lobsters in collaboration with National Power. Key customer purpose:- To carry forward the work on lobster stock enhancement by exploring the prospects for smei-intensive sea bed cultivation on artificial reefs.
1) To review the development and future prospects for lobster production, markets and prcies in the UK and Europe. 2) To examine the status and potential of artificial reefs for lobster production, and to summarise the key results of scientific research in the UK and other countries. 3) To undertake an economic appraisal of the use of PFA blocks and othe related by-products as substrates for artificial reef structures for the production of lobsters. 4) To highlight the significance of regulatory and legislative restrictions, focussing especially on the effects of different property rights regimes on the economic viability of artificial reef projects. 5) To identify the socio-economic implications of reef developments for coastal communities and to preview whether a social cost-benefit analysis may be feasible in the future. 6) To discuss the roel of artificial reefs within the wider context of coastal zone management.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1994

To: 1995

Cost: £14,885
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Portsmouth University, Economic Departme
Shellfish Stocks              
Stock Conservation              
Fields of Study
Fish Health and Aquaculture