The Aquaculture & Fisheries (Scotland) Act 2013 commenced on 13 September 2013.
The purpose of the Aquaculture and Fisheries Act is to ensure that farmed and wild fisheries - and their interactions with each other - continue to be managed effectively, maximising their combined contribution to supporting sustainable economic growth with due regard to the wider marine environment.
The Act also aims to amend the Fisheries Act 1981 and modernise existing enforcement provisions to ensure that sufficient powers are in place to enable British Sea Fishery Officers to:
- enforce sea fisheries regulations
- introduce legislative provisions to safeguard shellfish waters protected areas
- make provision for charges to a number of fishery functions
- extend the scope of offences that could be subject to a Fixed Penalty Notice