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“Maximising your Aquaculture Opportunities”

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Our team is passionate about aquaculture.

With aquaculture providing half of the world’s seafood, Aqualicense Limited is at the forefront of this fast-growing industry supporting aquaculture businesses.

We provide a comprehensive suite of client-focused services which lead you through the entire aquaculture license process.

Our in-depth sectoral knowledge, legal compliance expertise, strong advocacy skills, and belief in clear communication, are what sets us apart from the rest.

 

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LEADERSHIP

Kate Dempsey

Chief Executive

Kate is the CEO of Aqualicense Limited. She has built a strong profile within the Irish Aquaculture industry as she pivoted from a legal background into aquaculture in the past ten years. In 2018, she was identified by the Irish Times as a ‘female innovator shaping the islands future’, named a national finalist in the Enterprise Ireland Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition and a national finalist in the Bank of Ireland Entrepreneur Awards.

 

Kate has been involved in every stage of the aquaculture licensing process, from concept, design, project management, stakeholder engagement, and consultant briefing, to environmental impact mitigation, technology development and advocacy.  She applied for and received an offshore aquaculture license for her first start-up company in this sector.  Kate’s experience in aquaculture licensing, law and business has enabled her to develop a team behind the services offered through Aqualicense.

Ann Gallagher

Chief Operations Officer

Having obtained an honours law degree from Trinity College Dublin, Ann qualified both as a barrister and as a solicitor. Ann’s experience and education is in law, business, corporate governance, public affairs consultancy, commercial dispute resolution, leadership and strategy, and particularly EU and Aquaculture Law.  She is the senior lecturer on the law and regulation of aquabusiness in the Institute of Technology Carlow.

 

Ann topped the poll in the Irish Senate elections in January 1993. Among other roles, she served as Spokesperson for the Environment and Rural Affairs and later, as Spokesperson for Justice, Equality and Law Reform.  Ann was appointed a full member of the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation because of her interest and involvement in the Northern Ireland peace process. Ann’s knowledge of EU political affairs served her well when she ran for the European Parliament in 1994. Ann has an impeccable reputation for advising organisations on legal compliance, best practice, employment issues, strategic management and other business matters.

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OUR SERVICES

Aqualicense understands the frustration and burden that aquaculture licensing can force on a company.  Aquaculture businesses are wading through ever-increasing levels of regulation, reporting and costs while also facing uncertain outcomes. This is compounded by the length of time it takes for a licensing decision to be made.

Our range of services aims to lift that burden off your shoulders and free you up to concentrate on your core business activities.

 

 

“Maximising your Aquaculture Opportunities”

ABOUT AQUALICENSE.COM

 

by Kate Dempsey (CEO Aqualicense and Irish Mussel Seed Company)

 

Aquaculture is said to be the fastest growing food industry in the world while also being one of the most sustainable and carbon-efficient methods of producing animal protein. It's a growing industry and one I am proud to be part of.

 

Like every industry, it has some barriers along the road to increasing production. Aquaculture licensing is littered with red tape, societal concern, environmental regulation and the heavy reliance of regulators on the precautionary principle when issuing new licenses.

 

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THE BLUE BIOECONOMY - SURVEY

The Blue Bioeconomy Forum is an initiative of the European Commission for all professionals working in, or interested in, the EU aquatic and marine environment, including industries, public agencies, financial organisations, researchers and civil society.

 

The Forum is designed to facilitate the sustainable development of the Blue Bioeconomy by identifying trends, opportunities and challenges faced by different actors in the sector, engaging with experts, and shaping the roadmap for the development of the Blue Bioeconomy of the EU.

Because the Forum organisers identified our company, Aqualicense Limited, as an inspirational business providing innovation in the aquaculture sector, we shall be presenting to the Conference in Brussels on the 25th of June 2019.

 

Our presentation at the Blue Bioeconomy Forum will articulate the challenges facing the aquaculture sector with a particular focus on licensing difficulties. As we wish to voice your licensing issues, we are now inviting YOU to complete the attached survey.

 

Please use this opportunity. The 5 minutes you spend doing this will ensure that your concerns are put before senior policy makers and industry shapers in Brussels.

Thanking you in advance.

 

The Aqualicense Team.

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