The process of developing the Mariculture Master Plan (MMP) commenced in 2007 with a Rapid Assessment Study to gauge public and private opinion as to the desirability of developing marine aquaculture in Seychelles. Based on the positive response a comprehensive Scoping Study followed in 2009, to assess the opportunities and constraints to developing an offshore mariculture industry and to assess the need for a Master Plan to drive the rational development of the sector. The Scoping Study revealed strong institutional support for the development of an environmentally responsible mariculture sector. This led to initiation of a process to develop a Mariculture Master Plan (MMP) in 2011.
During the period from 2011 to 2015, a number of technical studies, regulatory frameworks, reports and data was generated, as part of the MMP. The MMP was finalized at the end of 2015.