1.1 Section 51A of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003 Act ("the 2003 Act") provides that the Scottish Ministers may make regulations if they consider that it is necessary or expedient to do so for the conservation of freshwater fish. This means that Scottish Ministers must be able to demonstrate that there is a need for conservation measures to be implemented and that there is a link between the proposed measures and the identified problem. Accordingly, the requirement for the measures should be underpinned by scientific research and evidence which demonstrates that there is a need for the conservation measures to be put in place.
1.2 This consultation asks for responses regarding a number of proposed measures to conserve pike.
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