Proposals to reform farmed and wild fisheries, but what do you think? –

Proposals to reform farmed and wild fisheries, but what do you think? Published:  25 October, 2012

The management of wild and farmed fisheries in Scotland is set to be reformed by the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill.

The legislation proposes a number of significant changes to the management of farmed and wild fisheries. The Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee is calling for the public’s view on the impact of these proposals.

Convener of the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee Rob Gibson MSP said: “The fish farming industry in Scotland is undoubtedly a key pillar of our economy, providing a much needed source of employment in some of our most rural communities, as well being one of Scotland’s most valuable global food exports.

“Preserving Scotland’s seas and rivers is not only critical for our environment but for the communities where freshwater fishing plays a significant role. But do the measures set out in this legislation provide a balance between fresh water fishing and the fish farming industry and if so is it the right one?”

In order to inform the Committee’s scrutiny of the general principles, the Committee is looking for  the public’s views.

The Rural Affairs, Environment and Climate Change Committee is considering the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 of the legislative process.

The aims of the legislation as set out in the Policy Memorandum 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 Bill proposes the following:

Part 1 of the Bill is concerned with fish farm management and seeks to improve related regulations.

Part 2 deals with salmon and freshwater fisheries and largely amends the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland)

Act 2003, particularly in relation to governance by District Salmon Fisheries Boards (DSFBs) and management of salmon fisheries.

Part 3 deals with sea fisheries and brings Scotland into line with the rest of the UK in terms of marine enforcement powers.

Part 4 deals with shellfish and amends the 2003 Act to insert provisions relating to the protection of shellfish growing waters.

Part 5 deals with charging and fixed penalty notices. It provides for Ministers to introduce charges for functions relating to aquaculture, freshwater fisheries and sea fisheries. The Bill also widens the cases in which Marine Scotland can issue Fixed Penalty Notices.

The deadline for response to the call for evidence is 26 November.