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Authorisation of marine fish farms in Scottish waters: locational guidelines

Published: 15 Jul 2020

Category 1, 2 and 3 areas designated on the basis of Marine Scotland Science (MSS) predictive models to estimate environmental sensitivity of sea lochs.

Published:
15 Jul 2020
Authorisation of marine fish farms in Scottish waters: locational guidelines

Tables and maps describe the Category 1, 2 and 3 areas for the Scottish Government Locational Guidelines, designated on the basis of MSS predictive modelling to estimate nutrient enhancement and benthic impact in sea lochs or similar water bodies supporting aquaculture. For a detailed explanation of how these categorisations were derived, refer to the Scottish Fisheries Research Report ‘Scottish Government Locational Guidelines for fish farming: Predicted levels of nutrient enhancement and benthic impact’. Predictive models were used to assign each sea loch an index of ‘nutrient enhancement’ and ‘benthic impact’. The sum of these indices was used for the categorisation of areas as indicated below.

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