The Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill - Consultation Document explored possible legislative measures in relation to Scotland's aquaculture, wild salmon and freshwater fisheries industries. It also covered wider issues, such as provisions to protect shellfish growing waters and enforcement of sea-fisheries legislation.
The Consultation Paper was published on 12 December 2011 with responses requested by 2 March 2012. The document was accompanied by a Strategic Environmental Assessment Environmental Report and a partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment of the proposals, published on 22 and 8 February 2012 respectively. The initial consultation period was extended to 13 April 2012, to provide consultees with additional time to consider the accompanying impact assessments.
The consultation paper contained 48 questions, including 38 'yes' or 'no' questions and ten further questions where consultees were asked for their view or suggestions on a range of issues.
Due to a large number of respondents electing to remain anonymous, this consultation report has been prepared so that any comments received from consultees have been attributed to the respective stakeholder groups only and are otherwise anonymous.