Date lodged: 25 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what account has been taken of the effects on the marine environment in moving toward the 2020 target of a 50% increase in fish exports.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 6 December 2016
The Scottish Government supports the aquaculture industry’s sustainable growth including production targets of 210,000 tonnes marine (whole wet) finfish and 13,000 tonnes shellfish by 2020 as outlined in the UK Multi Annual National Plan for Aquaculture and Scotland’s National Marine Plan.
Any increased production will result from either a modification to an existing development or a new development. In both cases the application will be assessed (by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency - SEPA) on an individual basis taking into account any potential impacts on Scotland’s water environment out to a distance of 3 nautical miles in accordance with the requirements of the Water Framework Directive.