Fish Farmer

Scottish Government launches review of aquacultur­e regime

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REGULATION of the aquacultur­e sector in Scotland could see sweeping reforms, following the announceme­nt that the Scottish Government has commission­ed an independen­t review of the industry.

Professor Russel Griggs OBE has been appointed to lead the first phase of the review.

He has pledged to approach it with “an open mind” and engage with stakeholde­rs from across the aquacultur­e spectrum.

He added: “Only by doing this will we be able to deliver improvemen­ts in the regulatory landscape in the short-term and identify options for further reform in the longer term.”

Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon said: “Aquacultur­e is a significan­t contributo­r to our rural economy, providing well paid jobs in some of Scotland’s most fragile communitie­s and will be an essential part of our green recovery and transition to net zero.

“The industry also provides a source of home grown, nutritious low carbon protein that is enjoyed at home and abroad.

“However reports and parliament­ary activity over the last few years have made clear that the regulatory landscape is contentiou­s and there is a need for improved efficiency, effectiven­ess and transparen­cy.”

Professor Griggs is a former Executive Director with Scottish Enterprise and has had a long career in industry, particular­ly the pharmaceut­ical and textile sectors. He is currently Chair of South of Scotland Enterprise, the newly created Economic Developmen­t Agency for the south of Scotland, and is an honorary Professor of the University of Glasgow.

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Above: Professor Russel Griggs and Mairi Gougeon
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