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A Fresh Start: The renewed Strategic Framework for Scottish Aquaculture

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HOW WE GOT HERE

An inclusive, consultative and collaborative process

A Fresh Start has been developed through wide stakeholder involvement from the outset, including a wide-ranging pre-consultation exercise during which stakeholders were asked to identify the issues they felt should be addressed. This included a Ministerial letter to aquaculture stakeholders, bilateral meetings with stakeholder groups and public roadshows in Inverness, Oban, Scalloway and Stornoway.

It has also been informed by an aquaculture industry workshop in Inverary; a salmon industry fresh start summit in Edinburgh; a Scottish shellfish industry conference in Oban and incorporates a seven-point salmon industry action plan.

A draft renewed framework was also subject to a full 12-week public consultation which closed on 5 November 2008 and a Scottish Parliamentary debate on 20 November 2008. Non-confidential consultation responses along with an analysis of all responses are available on the Scottish Government website at www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Fisheries/Fish-Shellfish/

Stakeholder responses have informed this framework

Analysis of the consultation responses indicated general agreement with the five themes proposed and that many of the main issues had been identified in the consultation document. Additional issues and stakeholder comments raised through the consultation have been incorporated into this final document as far as is possible.