Public drop-in consultations will be held regarding salmon farming.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have announced proposals for a revised regime that aims to strengthen the regulation of the salmon farming sector.
The proposals follow one of Scotland's largest, most comprehensive research projects into aquaculture., in which SEPA stated that Scottish salmon farm medicine is significantly impacting local marine environments.
The survey, ‘Fish Farm Survey Report – Evaluation of a New Seabed Monitoring Approach to Investigate the Impacts of Marine Cage Fish Farms’ examined environmental impacts from eight Scottish fish farms. 302 chemical samples were analysed from 93 sample stations and 296 ecological samples from 142 sample stations.
The proposals follow 16 months of work by the agency, including a 2017 consultation, and two Scottish Parliamentary committees, one of which concluded that “the status quo is not an option”, adding that the industry’s expansion goal “will be unsustainable and may cause irrecoverable damage to the environment” unless governance and practices are improved markedly.
Ian Blackford MP stated: "Scottish salmon farming is an important industry but it is also of paramount importance that measures are in place that adequately protect the marine environment."
The Portree consultation will be held on Tuesday 20 November from 2:30pm until 7:30pm at the Skye Gathering Hall.
For a full list of public consultation events please consult the SEPA website.