Aquaculture makes a significant contribution to Scotland’s export markets and supports many jobs in our coastal and island communities. National Planning Framework 3 recognises this role and confirms that the Scottish Government supports the sustainable growth of the sector and wants to see sectoral growth targets realised.
The planning system should:
- play a supporting role in the sustainable growth of the finfish and shellfish sectors to ensure that the aquaculture industry is diverse, competitive and economically viable;
- guide development to coastal locations that best suit industry needs with due regard to the marine environment;
- maintain a presumption against further marine finfish farm developments on the north and east coasts to safeguard migratory fish species.
Further details on national planning policy in relation to aquaculture are set out in Scottish Planning Policy (SPP).