The seas are rich in Living resources whether that is the capture of wild fish and shellfish through commercial fishing or salmon and sea trout fishing, the harvesting of seaweed or using the sea to farm various species through aquaculture. Most of these living resources will likely be processed prior to consumption. The healthy and biologically diverse assessment considers the stocks of the living resources through assessments of Commercial fish, Commercial shellfish and Salmon and sea trout.
The Living resources section examines the ‘What, why and where’, ‘Contribution to the economy’, ‘Examples of socio-economic effects’, ‘Pressures on the environment’, and ‘Forward Look’ for the sectors. The assessments are to support the government’s vision to show that the seas are productive in economic terms and highlight the various activities for marine planning purposes.