Finfish Aquaculture Sector Plan

Closed 24 Dec 2018

Opened 7 Nov 2018


Scotland’s finfish aquaculture sector relies on Scotland’s high quality environment and abundant freshwater resources. We have unveiled firm, evidence-based proposals for a revised regulatory regime and at its heart, a new sector plan that outlines how we propose to do this. 

Implementing a new regulatory regime

Our draft sector plan detailed strengthened monitoring and assessment processes and a more comprehensive approach to ensuring fish farm operators comply with all these requirements.

On 2 May, we met with over 50 of our stakeholders and presented the technical side of our modelling, monitoring and permitting regime. You can view these presentations below:

1. Overview of proposals for a new regulatory regime

2. Aquaculture modelling

3. Baseline surveys and operator monitoring

4. Permit and process

5. Summary presentation

6. SEPA draft permit template

Consultation launch

SEPA CEO, Terry A'Hearn, introduced our proposals for a revised regulatory regime in November 2018.

The draft plan outlines enhanced standards for organic waste and a strengthened approach for licensing medicines.

 Finfish Aquaculture Sector Plan

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We published the following documents which provide additional context to support our regulation of the Finfish Aquaculture sector:

Our press release explains more about the proposals for a revised regulatory regime.

Why your views matter

In preparing this draft sector plan, we have undertaken more scientific analysis, done more thorough thinking and held more discussions with stakeholders than ever before. We are determined to set the best and most up-to-date framework for regulating this sector.

Recognising the diverse range of views on finfish aquaculture, we were keen to hear directly from individuals, interest groups, NGOs, communities, companies and others with a view on the regulatory proposals.

Across November and December we will gathered feedback to shape the future of how we regulate the finfish aquaculture sector. We wanted our communities to inform and enrich the decisions we take every day to protect and enhance Scotland’s environment.

Community drop in events will gave you the chance to speak with a range of SEPA staff, find out more about the proposals and answer your questions. 

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