08. We will support the sustainable growth of the aquaculture sector, including through the continuing work of the Ministerial Group for Sustainable Aquaculture

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

Draft Seaweed Policy Statement:

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.

Ongoing Activity and Milestones:

2016 – Publish Revised Circular on Planning for Aquaculture.

2015 – February – Publish Circular on the relationship between the statutory land use planning system and marine planning and licensing.

2015 – Complete three year project to identify areas of opportunity and restriction for finfish and shellfish aquaculture.

2015 – October – Marine Scotland and the Crown Estate have commissioned an independent review of the consenting process which is expected to report early in 2016.  This project will consider the whole consenting process for aquaculture from an objective viewpoint and make recommendations for improvements.

2020 – Marine finfish production sustainably increased to 210,000 tonnes.

2020 – Shellfish production (especially mussels) sustainably increased to 13.000 tonnes.

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