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The project on “Developing site selection and carrying capacity guidelines for Mediterranean aquaculture within aquaculture appropriate areas” (SHoCMed), was funded with the contribution of the EU Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE).

The objectives of SHoCMed were to: i) produce site selection criteria in order to enhance the integration of aquaculture in coastal zone management through the use of allocated zones for aquaculture (AZA); and ii) to provide a basis for the harmonization of standards, aquaculture policies and legal frameworks across the Mediterranean region to ensure equal terms of competition and minimal environmental impact.