Authorisation of assets identified under RBMP as barriers to fish migration

Closed 27 Aug 2023

Opened 3 Jul 2023


In line with SEPA’s duties under the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 (WEWS), we identify artificial barriers to fish migration. Where a man-made fish barrier exists, and there is significant suitable habitat in the catchment upstream of the identified barrier(s), work may be required to either remove or ease these barriers to facilitate the passage of fish. There is a statutory driver to address these barriers to fish migration and in line with the River Basin Management Plan objectives set by SEPA and approved by Scottish Ministers, the deadline for action is December 2027.


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  • Water flows and levels
  • River Basin Management Planning
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