Scottish Government launches review of aquaculture regime

Mairi Gougeon

Regulation of the aquaculture sector in Scotland could see sweeping reforms, following the announcement that the Scottish Government has commissioned an independent review of the industry.

Professor Russel Griggs OBE has been appointed to lead the first phase of the review. He has pledged to approach it with “an open mind” and engage with stakeholders from across the aquaculture spectrum.

He added: “Only by doing this will we be able to deliver improvements in the regulatory landscape in the short-term and identify options for further reform in the longer term.”

Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon said: “Aquaculture is a significant contributor to our rural economy, providing well paid jobs in some of Scotland’s most fragile communities and will be an essential part of our green recovery and transition to net zero.

“The industry also provides a source of home grown, nutritious low carbon protein that is enjoyed at home and abroad.

“However reports and parliamentary activity over the last few years have made clear that the regulatory landscape is contentious and there is a need for improved efficiency, effectiveness and transparency.”

Professor Griggs is a former Executive Director with Scottish Enterprise and has had a long career in industry, particularly the pharmaceutical and textile sectors. He is currently Chair of South of Scotland Enterprise, the newly created Economic Development Agency for the south of Scotland, and is an honorary Professor of the University of Glasgow.

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