Review of the management tools available for the management of the inshore and offshore brown crab fisheries of Western Europe, their impact and effectiveness, and how they might be deployed to improve stock condition, reduce effort and improve operating economics.
Strategic Economic / Community Development
Infrastructure Development & Management
Nautilus have undertaken a number of studies looking at infrastructure development, appropriate to needs of local situations. This has often been in the context of port development, and the identification of infrastructure solutions which are appropriate to present and projected future local needs. Nautilus recognise the contribution that detailed consultation and even consensus building can play to a successful infrastructure development project.
At Nautilus, we believe in the practical application of sustainable development to businesses, communities and the environment. We are able to offer a range of business and development services to private companies and regional, national and international agencies. We have proven skills in identifying investment and market opportunities and our experience of fisheries, ports, agriculture and the food industry enables us to provide objective and informed advice based on up-to-date knowledge. Nautilus, with its techno-economic background, has the capacity to undertake socio-economic appraisals giving merit to the business, social, political and environmental dimensions of the case.
Feasibility / Economic Appraisal
We undertake feasibility studies, market analyses, and economic appraisals, formulate business and marketing development strategies and identify alternate sources of funding and development assistance. The company’s long experience in areas of sustainable natural resource exploitation, enables feasibility studies to be accurately informed by historical trends and informed projections of future policy developments and resource constraints. In this way, appraisals remain bound to practical and economic reality.
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.