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Fish reform backed at Holyrood

New legal measures aimed at improving the way fish farms and wild fisheries are managed in Scotland will be backed in principle by MSPs today.

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New legislation could safeguard the shellfish industry

New legal measures aimed at improving the way fish farms and wild fisheries are managed in Scotland will be backed in principle by MSPs today.

Ministers say the Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill is about making sure both sectors are successful while providing protection for the marine environment.

Key features of the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill include:

  • New legal measures for fish farms operators – including statutory farm management agreements and requirements for technical equipment standards.
  • Moves to improve the management and governance of District Salmon Fisheries Boards, making them more transparent and accountable, with powers for Ministers to intervene if that is not the case.
  • Safeguards for the shellfish industry, with measures to ensure shellfish waters continue to be protected from pollution.

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