Welcome to Aqualicense

"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.


Chief Executive

Kate Dempsey

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.

“Exceeding expectations”

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.


Our team of experts provide a range of aquaculture-specific advice including:

  • site location
  • mitigation options
  • legal compliance
  • data capture and interpretation
  • public consultation
  • strategic planning
  • risk management


Site-specific data provision and selection –  This service is driven by technology developed for use by Aqualicense consultants.  We ensure current and appropriate data is used to select optimum sites which work operationally and facilitate an ecosystem approach to development.


We are conscious that all reports generated for license applications are made public under the Aarhus Convention and as such, Aqualicense produce reports which use clear language, are understandable and facilitate public engagement.

Our Environmental Impact Assessment Reports are designed to be a usable tool for the practice of aquaculture as opposed to being a mere scientific assessment to aid licensing.  We translate science into actions.

Environmental Impact Mitigation Advice

Aqualicense believe that aquaculture can co-exist productively in the environment when designed and operated properly.  We provide Environmental Impact Mitigation Advice relating to site selection, design and operations.

Advocacy and Representation

Aqualicense stand by your side at all stages of the licensing process.  Our engagement with statutory bodies and public stakeholders is meaningful because our end-to-end service gives us an in-depth understanding of your business and your license application.


In Aqualicense, we pride ourselves on our ability to communicate effectively with our clients.  We provide routine up-dates to clients, feedback, interpretation, engagement and consultations.


Aqualicense provides training on the strategic development of business, good governance, legal and regulatory compliance and risk management.

“Maximising your Aquaculture Opportunities”


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.

Contact Aqualicense


Clermont House, Rathnew,

Co. Wicklow, A67 X566

Ph: +353 (0)404 61248

+353 (0)85 1367 600