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Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill Consultation Document Partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment

Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill Consultation Document Partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

ISBN: 978-1-78045-650-8

This is the draft Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment for the Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill, and which should be considered along with the Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill Consultation Document

Executive Summary

This is a Partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) for the

issues set out in the Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill Consultation Paper published on

12 December 2011. The consultation paper can be accessed here:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/12/06081229/0 .

Aquaculture

• Statutory requirements relating to Farm Management Agreements and

appropriate scale Management Areas, and related dispute resolution

provisions;

• Measures to address unused consents;

• Additional data collection and, where appropriate, publication;

• Provisions to reduce or remove biomass consents;

• Additional controls on wellboats;

• Additional controls on processing facilities;

• Improved regulation of seaweed cultivation;

• Additional controls on commercially damaging species.

Aquaculture and Wild Salmonid Interactions

• Introduction of a Technical Standard for finfish farms operating in Scotland;

• Powers to take or require samples of fish from fish farms, for genetic or other

analysis.

Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Management

• Modernising the operation of District Salmon Fishery Boards;

• Enhancing the management of Salmon Fisheries including mixed stock

fisheries including:

o Powers to require carcass tagging of wild Atlantic salmon and sea

trout;

o Powers to take or require genetic samples or fish for genetic or other

analysis;

o Amendments to existing provisions on salmon conservation

measures;

• Powers to amend licensing scheme for introductions of fish to freshwater.

Enforcement Provisions

• Extension to scope and scale of Fixed Penalty Notices;

8. The issues set out in the consultation paper for which no BRIA is provided (for

the reasons set out above) are:

• Technical amendments to enforcement provisions - section 30 of the

Fisheries Act 1981 (no substantive costs identified);

• Charging – where we propose enabling legislation. The costs to industry, and

related benefits, would depend on the charging options chosen.