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Part 2 of this report is designed primarily for scientists and technical specialists who may draw on these methods in the course of their professional lives. It should also serve as a reference and resource for others with an interest in, or a need to understand the strengths, weaknesses and application of different approaches and techniques. Part 1 should be read as background material, since it describes the context and rationale for the use of these tools.

It is beyond the scope of this report to review in detail all the individual tools and methods of relevance to more integrated coastal planning and management of aquaculture. Nor is this necessary: there already exist excellent reviews and guidelines that focus on particular tools and methodologies.

We therefore summarize the more generally applicable tools, comment on specific issues related to aquaculture, and refer the reader to more comprehensive reviews or guidelines where possible. The working group discussed some tools of particular relevance to aquaculture in more detail, and in this case the review is more thorough, and the main findings and recommendations of the group are presented. For example, particular emphasis is laid on zoning and environmental capacity, since these highlight particular problems and opportunities for integrating aquaculture into wider coastal management initiatives.

The structure of this Section is based loosely on the components presented in Table 1.2 and the overview of procedures presented in Section 1.5.

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