Simplify regulation of Scottish aquaculture – Fishupdate.com

Simplify regulation of Scottish aquaculture Fish Farming Today Published:  07 June, 2004

ARGYLL and Bute MSP George Lyon has called for the abolition of the Crown Estate as the first step in delivering the Scottish Executive’s commitment to cut the number of bodies involved in regulating Scottish fish farming. He believes that this is essential in simplifying the regulatory framework, where currently there are nine different responsible agencies.

Mr Lyon said: “Currently there are nine different bodies who are all involved in regulating the fish farming industry including Crown Estate, the local Council, SEPA and the Scottish Executive.

“This plethora of different regulating agencies is bureaucracy gone mad and urgently needs simplification.

“On a recent trip to Norway, I saw at first hand how streamlined their regulatory system is with only one agency responsible for regulating the fish farming industry. This resulted in faster decisions, less bureaucracy and less cost.

“The Scottish Executive is committed in the Partnership Agreement to reducing the number of bodies involved in regulating the Industry and the first step in delivering that commitment should be to abolish the Crown Estate.”