Scotland’s finfish aquaculture sector relies on Scotland’s high quality environment. We have launched a firm, evidence-based revised regulatory framework and at its heart, a new sector plan that outlines how we propose to do this.
SEPA is committed to supporting regulated businesses during COVID-19 and following EU Exit. Whilst SEPA remains impacted by a complex and sophisticated cyber-attack the organisation continues to maintain protections for Scotland’s environment, communities and our people.
We recognise that the ability of operators to run their operations may be compromised.
We are clear we expect everyone we regulate to take all reasonable steps to remain in compliance with Scotland’s environmental laws. We expect operators to be actively preparing for the impacts of COVID-19, and ensuring that the impacts on the environment are minimised. We recognise, however, that in some cases operators may be unable to comply for reasons beyond their control.
Our regulatory response to COVID-19 public health emergency, the cyber-attack and EU exit can be found on our regulatory approach hub.
This is our plan for the finfish aquaculture sector which covers all aspects of fish farming in Scotland, including: supply chain; feed; hatcheries; freshwater fish pens; marine pen fish farms and processing facilities. We undertook a Scotland-wide programme of engagement that provided an invaluable opportunity to speak with local communities, discuss key issues and hear directly from NGOs, marine and freshwater fishery groups and industry representatives. A summary from this consultation is available by clicking here.
The finfish aquaculture sector is complex with multiple processes depending on what fish are being grown and where the sites are located. There are a number of environmental factors that can influence the sector and a number of interactions that the sector has with its environment. Consequently there are several activities that SEPA regulates through a variety of regulations.
SEPA, as one of a number of organisations regulating finfish aquaculture, is implementing a revised regulatory framework that will strengthen the protection of the marine environment for the people of Scotland.
In 2015, the First Minister pledged that Scotland would lead the way to deliver a more equal, more just world, by signing Scotland up to the United Nation (UN) Sustainable Development Goals. These global goals give us the framework to achieve real change, from eradicating poverty to ensuring a good home for us all. This vision is underpinned by SEPA’s own regulatory strategy, One Planet Prosperity, which aims to deliver environmental protection and improvement in ways which help communities and businesses thrive within the resources of our planet.
Scotland’s businesses have a critical role to play in leading Scotland’s contribution to achieving SDGs. Through our sector plans, we have identified opportunities that will work towards achieving the goals and help realise the economic benefit of increased resource efficiency, innovation and resilience. The actions set out in the Finfish aquaculture sector plan contribute towards UN Sustainable Development Goals 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17.