Working alongside private sector partners in Suriname and Belgium, and with the government of Suriname, provision of advice and mentoring over a five year period in developing and implementing a practical programme of improvements in fishery management, fishing practice, data collection, scientific research and new decision-making structures and protocols, leading to successful MSC certification of this semi-industrial scale developing country fishery. The speed and extent of the changes
Natural Resource Management
Nautilus has long experience in the field of aquaculture, both tropical and temperate. The company has a strong technical background in all aspects of aquaculture and has applied this knowledge to business development and feasibility studies, environmental management and monitoring, as well as development of best practise guidelines. Since the company’s first involvement with aquaculture Nautilus has advocated sustainable production techniques, remaining well within local carrying capacity. Nautilus continues to be a progressive voice in the on-going global aquaculture debate.
Nautilus has a wealth of fishery expertise and fishery management knowledge. This detailed sectoral understanding has been applied to a wide variety of projects in all parts of the world for over the last 25 years. Nautilus recognises the importance of the economic dimension in governing fleet activity ensuring sustainable exploitation of finite stocks. Fishery projects undertaken by the company often require multi-disciplinary skills to capture the interactions with marketing, process efficiency, socio-economics and wider conservation targets.
Biodiversity & Conservation
Nautilus has a growing portfolio of projects in the area of biodiversity and conservation. The company’s long experience in sustainable resource use has highlighted the need for clear recognition of real-world practicalities in pursuit of conservation goals. This approach has enabled the company to succeed, where in the past others have failed, in bringing a variety of parties together and facilitating increased buy-in to conservation initiatives. The company is well informed on national and international obligations and statutory responsibilities relating to nature conservation, precaution and sustainability and this underpins the work of the company in all areas.
The Seafeeds workshop brought together a wide range of expert opinion from all spectrums of the aquaculture debate to advance the understanding of the needs and opportunities for sustainable aquaculture feeds. Representatives from the aquaculture, fisheries and feed industries, food certification, and environmental and research organisations contributed to facilitated discussion, at times splitting off into small single topic working groups. Delegates were charged with specific tasks and areas to debate enabling lively and productive discussion.
The objective was to examine appropriate mechanisms for encouraging more environmental and socially responsible shrimp production. The work was approached through a number of individual work packages: 1 A review of social and environmental issues and relevant national and international initiatives to promote and support responsible shrimp farming. 2 Capitalising on the CSR Agenda. 3 International Trade Agreement Assessment. 4 Structure and organisation of production and marketing in Bangladesh. 4a Socially and environmentally responsible shrimp farming in Bangladesh.
This project aimed to advise private sector clients on appropriate farming systems and production strategies in relation to a specific site in order to achieve company goals in supply efficiencies and quality control. Initial site visit taking soil and salinity samples plus interview with local residents. Modelling of costs associated with various production options based on local environmental conditions. Strategic assessment of development options followed by implementation plan.
The survey found the farm to have considerable potential for growth of rainbow and brown trout. An excellent water supply and good husbandry practices had ensured long-term disease-free production for many years. Good site characteristics and production and grow-out pool lay-out suggested further potential for a more ambitious project, although the report also highlighted potential threats that should be over-come through alterations in site design.