The Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill – Consultation Document set out key issues and
priorities in relation to Scotland’s aquaculture, wild salmon and freshwater fisheries
The Consultation Document explored possible legislative measures for a
potential Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill during the current Parliament.
It also covered wider issues, such as provisions to protect shellfish growing waters. The document
built on best practice and voluntary arrangements where appropriate, to protect the
interests of those who have invested in the highest standards of management and husbandry.
The Consultation Document was published on the Scottish Government website on
12 December 2011. The document was accompanied by a Strategic Environmental
Assessment (SEA) Environmental Report2 and a partial Business and Regulatory
Impact Assessment (BRIA)3 of the proposals, published on 22 and 8 February 2012
respectively. The consultation period was extended from 2 March to 13 April 2012, to
provide consultees with additional time to consider the accompanying impact
Each response received was read and considered by Marine Scotland and informed
the development of the Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill and other approaches to
The analysis of consultation responses was undertaken on behalf of Marine Scotland
by the Scottish Government’s Environmental Assessment Team, in accordance with
Scottish Government’s Good Practice Guidance (May 2010). The detailed findings
were presented in the Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill Consultation Analysis – Main
Report. A Summary Reportwas also published.
This report comprises Marine Scotland’s response to the consultation and sets out
how each issue will be taken forward.