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Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill Consultation - Marine Scotland Response (October 2012)

Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill Consultation - Marine Scotland Response (October 2012)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

ISBN: 9781782561477

This report comprises Marine Scotland’s response to the consultation and sets out how each issue will be taken forward.

Executive Summary

The Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill – Consultation Document set out key issues and

priorities in relation to Scotland’s aquaculture, wild salmon and freshwater fisheries

industries.

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

assessments.

Each response received was read and considered by Marine Scotland and informed

the development of the Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill and other approaches to

policy implementation.

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.