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A Strategic Framework for Scottish Aquaculture

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A Strategic Framework for Scottish Aquaculture

Appendix 3: Summary of objectives, priority actions and those responsible

Title: Commercial investment

Para reference: 3.3

Federation of Scottish Aquaculture Producers (FSAP) to prepare a plan to encourage investment in Scottish aquaculture.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

December 2003

Initial report completed with recommendations for further action.

FSAP

Who else involved
Retailers; Scottish Executive;
HIE; local authorities; Crown
Estate; and Banks.


Title: Comparative costs of aquaculture production

Para reference: 3.4

To consider need for independent study of the regulatory costs on aquaculture businesses in Scotland.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

May 2003
November 2003

Discussion of need for study
Study completed.

Trade associations and Scottish Executive

Who else involved

HIE and Crown Estate


Title: Export strategy

Para reference: 3.5

To develop Exports Action Plan.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

During 2003
Spring 2004

Strategic analysis commissioned
Targeted action plan developed.

Trade associations

Who else involved

HIE; exporting companies;
Scottish Enterprise; Seafish;
SDI; and Food From Britain


Title: Adding value

Para reference: 3.19

To develop the potential of branded products and the associated product quality standards.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

During 2003

Develop strategy to optimise Scotland's
potential for, and premium from,
differentiated products based on
geographic origin and product/
production qualities and attributes.

Trade associations

2004

Implement strategy.

Who else involved

HIE; Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Executive.


Title: Training and retraining

Para reference: 3.24 to 3.27

Skills gaps to be identified and action plan produced.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

Spring 2003
2003-04

Current staffing, skills gaps etc. assessed.
Course material and delivery packages developed.

LANTRA; trade associations; and HIE/LECs

Who else involved

Scottish Executive; local authorities; training providers; and FSA(S).


Title: Teaching Company Scheme

Para reference: 3.28-3.29

To extend TCS to aquaculture.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

2003

Funds identified.

Scottish Executive

Who else involved


Title: Developing public understanding of aquaculture

Para reference: 3.33

To improve public understanding of the industry, its governance and other relevant issues.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

Spring 2003

Strategic Framework launched, ongoing work thereafter.

Trade associations

Who else involved

Retailers; Seafish; local authorities; FSA.


Title: Relationship between Seafish and aquaculture

Para reference: 3.34-3.35

To consider future relationship between Seafish and the aquaculture industry.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

April 2003

Issues discussed in Seafish Aquaculture Advisory Committee.

Seafish

Autumn, 2003

Decisions published.

Who else involved

Industry trade associations

and organisations.


Title: Structural funds

Para reference: 3.36 -3.39

To input as appropriate to review of FIFG funding for aquaculture.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

During 2003

Mid-term review of FIFG.

Scottish Executive

Who else involved

Trade associations.


Title: Carrying capacity

Para reference: 3.40-3.45

To develop a model for determining carrying capacity.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

Spring 2003

Expert working group established.

SEPA

Autumn 2003

Report from working group with options for model development, followed by public consultation

Spring 2006

Improved modelling approach developed, and validated using field data

Summer 2006

Public consultation on proposed model.

Autumn 2006

Improved modelling approach in place

Who else involved

Trade associations; Scottish Executive; local authorities; SNH; wild fish interests; scientific bodies.


Title: Data gathering

Para reference: 3.46-3.47

To collect environmental data to inform carrying capacity guidelines at local level.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

Spring 2004

Parameters identified for routine

measurement; standard reporting format and transmission timetable agreed.

SEPA

Spring 2005

Monitoring network and data base to handle returns developed.

Who else involved

Producers; trade associations; Scottish Executive; local authorities; SNH; local environmental groups; wild fish interests.


Title: Location and relocation of farms

Para reference: 3.49-3.52

To develop policy on location/ relocation of fish farms.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

2003

Stakeholder group established.

Scottish Executive

2004

Criteria/rationale to assess whether farms are poorly located developed.Scoping study reviewing research and field data on louse infection levels on wild salmonids.

2004-05

Consultation with industry and other stakeholders on proposals.

Who else involved

Producers; trade associations, HIE; local authorities; CE, NH; SEPA; environmental NGOs; Scottish Fishermens Federation; wild fish interests; and scientific bodies.


Title: Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum

Para reference: 3.53-3.55

To establish a Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

Summer 2003

Remit, membership and research priorities determined.

Scottish Executive

Who else involved

Trade associations; SFIA; HIE; local authorities; Crown Estate; SNH;SEPA; environmental NGOs; wild fish interests; scientific bodies.


Title: Sea lice management

Para reference: 3.62-3.64

To review effectiveness of voluntary sea lice management initiatives.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

Ongoing

Audit checks by Fisheries Research Services or suitable contractor andTWG National Development Officer.

Scottish Executive

Who else involved

Producers; trade associations; SEPA; and wild fish interests.


Title: Prevention of escapes

Para reference: 3.65-3.69

To minimise escapes.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

Ongoing

Better on-farm security; revised industry codes of practice on containment; exploration of improved standards of construction and maintenance.

Scottish Executive

Who else involved

Producers; trade associations; local authorities; SNH; environmental NGOs; and wild fish interests.


Title: Marking farmed fish

Para reference: 3.67

To conduct an international assessment of current and prospective techniques for marking farmed fish.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

Spring 2004

Report to SARF and TWG

Scottish Executive

Who else involved

Trade associations; SNH; environmental NGOs; wild fish interests; and scientific bodies.


Title: Development of containment guidance

Para reference: 3.69

To produce guidance on fish farm cage/equipment design and security.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

Spring 2004

Appropriate guidance to inform regulators

Local authorities (H&I Aquaculture Forum)

Who else involved

Insurance sector; suppliers; producers; trade associations; Crown Estate; Scottish Executive.


Title: Environmental Impact Assessment

Para reference: 3.71 -3.73

To review the quality of fish farm EIAs and develop guidance for developers and regulators on minimum standards.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

Spring 2004

Review completed.

COSLA

Summer 2004

Guidance on expected minimum standards produced.

Who else involved

Trade associations; Scottish Executive; Crown Estate; SEPA; SNH; environmental NGOs; wild fish interests.


Title: Community liaison arrangements

Para reference: 3.74-3.75

To develop local community/industry liaison arrangements.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

December 2003

Good local liaison to be evident in the majority of aquaculture _ important communities

Trade associations

Who else involved

Producers; local authorities; local communities; environmental NGOs; wild fish interests.


Title: New Businesses

Para reference: 3.79

To develop business diversification and start-up schemes.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

Early 2004

Schemes currently available and companies' future needs reviewed; position paper produced.

HIE and LECs

Who else involved

Local authorities; service and supply businesses; trade associations.


Title: Promotion of healthy eating

Para reference: 3.81-3.83

To establish Healthy Seafood Eating task force.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

Early 2003

Healthy Seafood Eating task force set up.

FSAP; industry; trade organisations

Summer 2003

Campaign launched.

Annually

Domestic seafood consumption trends monitored

Who else involved

Retailers; Seafish; Scottish Executive; FSA; HEBS.


Title: Local authority Zoning Plans

Para reference: 3.86-3.87

Local authorities to develop local guidance zoning the development of aquaculture in coastal areas.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

2003-04

Local guidance published

Local Authorities

Who else involved

Trade associations; SNH; SEPA; environmental NGOs; wild fish interests; Scottish Executive.


Title: Welfare assessment

Para reference: 3.88-3.90

All veterinarians working with fish to develop their knowledge of fish health and welfare issues.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

Ongoing

Regular dialogue with FRS and Aquaculture Health Joint Working Group.

Fish Veterinary Society

Who else involved

Scottish Executive; and Aquaculture Health Joint Working Group.


Title: Welfare indices for aquaculture species

Para reference: 3.91-3.92

To produce Welfare Code of Practice for farmed fish.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

Summer 2003

AHJWG subgroup set up to consider welfare issues and report.

Scottish Executive (AHJWG)

Summer 2004

AHJWG subgroup report published with recommendations for changes to codes of practice.

Who else involved

Fish Veterinary Society; RUMA; CIWF; State Veterinary Service.


Title: Codes of Practice

Para reference: 3.93-3.94

To develop Code of Best Practice (including Code of Best Environmental Practice).

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

End 2003

Production of draft Codes of Practice for consultation

Trade associations

Summer 2004

All licensed aquaculture operators in Scotland subscribed to Codes of Practice.

Who else involved

SEPA; SNH; Scottish Executive; FRS; CE; FSA(S); Seafish; environmental NGOs; local authorities; State Veterinary Service; and academic institutions.


Title: Monitoring Codes of Practice

Para reference: 3.95

To monitor and audit compliance with industry codes.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

Summer 2005

First compliance reports published.

Scottish Executive

Who else involved

Trade associations; AHJWG.


Title: Waste disposal

Para reference: 3.96

To develop a collective fish waste management infrastructure.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

End 2003

Waste management infrastructure developed.

Scottish Executive

Who else involved

Trade associations; HIE; Seafish; local authorities; the UK Association of Fish Meal Manufacturers; and SEPA.


Title: Aquaculture Bill

Para reference: 3.97

To enact legislation governing the aquaculture industry in Scotland.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

2003-04

Development of draft proposals for inclusion in Bill, in consultation with stakeholders

Scottish Executive

As legislative time permits.

Bill introduced in the Scottish Parliament.

Who else involved

All aquaculture stakeholders.


Title: Extension of planning controls

Para reference: 3.99-3.100

To extend local authority planning responsibility to marine aquaculture.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

Summer 2003

Stakeholder group established.

Scottish Executive

Summer 2004

Draft proposals issued for consultation.

2005

Planning controls extended.

Who else involved

Planning authorities; aquaculture stakeholders.


Title: Planning guidance for fish farming

Para reference: 3.103

To produce SPP for fish farming.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

As per the timetable for extending planning controls.

Scottish Executive

2005

SPP introduced.

Who else involved

Local authorities; aquaculture stakeholders.


Title: Fish health legislation

Para reference: 3.108-3.109

To establish UK position ahead of revision of EC Fish Health Directives.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

Summer 2003

Discussion with industry of legislative requirements.

Scottish Executive

2003-04

Revision of Fish Health Directives.

Who else involved

Members of AHJWG.


Title: Education programmes

Para reference: 3.110-3.111

To develop educational material about fish farming.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

Ongoing from 2003

Development of appropriate study materials

Education authorities; schools and trade associations.

Who else involved

Scottish Executive; Seafish; SNH; Careers Scotland.


Title: The quality of shellfish waters and compliance with end-product standards for harvested bivalve molluscs

Para reference: 3.112 - 3.114

To determine the relationship between quality standard failures under the Harvesting and Shellfish Waters Directives.

Timetable

Indicators/stages

Lead body

2 years from project inception

Interim report on field monitoring stage after 1st 12 months, final report 24 months after project inception

Joint SEPA/FSA(S)

Who else involved

FRS.