Finfish aquaculture: Advertised applications under the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011

Closes 14 Apr 2024

Opened 22 Apr 2021


SEPA, as one of a number of organisations regulating finfish aquaculture, will maintain a high quality environment by setting permit conditions which limit the impacts associated with fish farms and then by ensuring that operators comply with these conditions.

On this aquaculture hub, you’ll find a list of open consultations for marine pen fish farm applications. You can send us any comments here.

As part of our determination, SEPA will consider risks to the water environment (including potential impacts to marine species and habitats) and the interests of other users of the water environment resulting from an aspect of the proposed farm development that we regulate. 

Each consultation will be open for a minimum of 28 days.

What SEPA regulates

  • Discharges of organic matter, medicine residues and other chemicals

What others regulate

  • Fish Health InspectorateFish escapes and farmed fish health
  • Animal and Plant Health Agency and the relevant local authorityFish welfare and disposal of farmed fish mortalities
  • Marine Scotland LicensingMoorings and navigation
  • Relevant local authority Visual amenity, noise and sea lice interaction with wild fish*
  • Health & Safety Executive and the relevant local authorityWorkforce safety

How to get in touch

Please complete all consultations online where possible. If you are unable to do so, please call 03000 99 66 99 to provide your contact details and someone will arrange for an officer to call you back. 

If you wish to post your comments, please mark them for the attention of Registry and send them to:

Angus Smith Building
6 Parklands Avenue
North Lanarkshire
ML1 4WQ.

We are in the process of developing a new regulatory framework for managing the interaction between sea lice and wild salmonid fish. We will consult on this in due course. In the meantime, sea lice and wild fish interactions will continue to be considered by local authorities during the determination of planning applications.

Applications advertised prior to April 2021, under the Water Environment (Controlled Activities (Scotland) Regulations 2011, can be found on the SEPA website 


Have your say

The list of live aquaculture CAR applications consultations is below. Please complete all consultations online where possible. Contact our Registry department to discuss any issues you have completing the online form. 

The list of closed aquaculture CAR applications consultations is below:

  • There are currently no closed consultations

SEPA has granted the Permit for the following:


  • Local Authorities
  • Responsible Authorities
  • Fisheries
  • Industry
  • Landowners/ managers
  • Aquaculture
  • Public
  • Water
  • Local community


  • Water Regulation
  • Fisheries
  • Protected areas
  • Water Quality
  • Aquaculture
  • Community feedback
  • Regulated activities