08. We will support the sustainable growth of the aquaculture sector, including through the continuing work of the Aquaculture Industry Leadership Group (AILG) and the Scottish Governrnent’s Capacity Working Group

Implementation Lead(s): Scottish Government; Ministerial Group for Sustainable Aquaculture

Locations: Coast and Marine

Further reading:
Scottish Government: Marine Planning
Scottish Government Aquaculture
Scottish Government Planning and Aquaculture
Ministerial Group for Sustainable Aquaculture

Environmental Mitigation: Mitigation measures have been identified in:

Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill

Seaweed Policy Statement

As part of the consultation process on the Seaweed Policy Statement a Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment was also carried out

Sustainability Appraisal for the National Marine Plan

Farm management practices including Management Agreements and Escape Contingency Plans help to mitigate any impacts.  In addition licensing requirements and conditions are in place to help protect the environment.

 Milestones to date:

2013 – Published Circular on the relationship between the statutory land use planning system and marine planning and licensing.

2015 – Conclusion of three year project to identify areas of opportunity and restriction for finfish and shellfish aquaculture; provisional results requiring further development

Ongoing Activity:

2017 – Publish Revised Circular on Planning for Aquaculture.

2017 onwards – Marine Scotland and the Crown Estate commissioned an independent review of the consenting process, which reported in 2016.  This project considered the whole consenting process for aquaculture from an objective viewpoint and made recommendations for improvements. The recommendations are now being progressed.

2018: Complete sensitivity maps for wild salmon and sea trout and use to inform development consent process for finfish aquaculture.

2020 – Marine finfish production sustainably increased to 210,000 tonnes. See ‘An Assessment of the Benefits to Scotland of Aquaculture’ (2014) for more information.

2020 – Shellfish production (especially mussels) sustainably increased to 13,000 tonnes. . See ‘An Assessment of the Benefits to Scotland of Aquaculture’ (2014) for more information.

 

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