Shellfish production is important for our rural and coastal communities and we recognise the need for clean water in shellfish production areas to ensure a good quality product which is safe for human consumption. The Scottish Government has introduced a package of measures to ensure the continued protection and improvement of Scotland’s shellfish growing waters by integrating these within our river basin management planning process.
A Designation Order identifying 84 ‘shellfish water protected areas’ in the Scotland River Basin District was made in 2013. Regulations on the setting of environmental objectives for those areas have also been made; and directions given to SEPA on the classification of water quality in those areas.
A Designation Order identifying 1 ‘shellfish water protected area’ in the Solway Tweed River Basin District was made in 2016. Directions have been given to SEPA on the setting of environmental objectives and the classification of water quality in that area.
These 85 protected areas are shown on the attached maps.
Further information on the aquaculture industry in Scotland is available in the Scottish Government's Aquaculture website pages.