The growing human demands on the environment are not without risk, and the challenge is to find a cost-effective and balanced set of tools for managers to discover the sites and sizes of production facilities, to understand their position in the human and natural environment, and to achieve a regional view on currently fragmented spatial management areas, where measures apply to regulate human impact on the natural environment. This is also recognized by the EU in its Blue Growth Maritime Spatial Planning challenge. This information is essential to assist managers in their efforts to conserve aquatic ecosystems and understand its natural capital.

BlueBRIDGE is building a VRE to effectively and efficiently produce aquaculture products (maps of human activity and natural zones) contributing to an aquaculture atlas compliant with NASO standards.

The VRE will be released in December 2017.