– Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Environment Minister
"We want both indigenous businesses and new businesses coming into Scotland to grow, but we also have a duty to protect our natural resources for the long term.
"That is why through the bill, we seek to ensure the marine environment is protected while we regonise the benefits of a successful and growing aquaculture industry developing side by side with wild fisheries.
"The bill is not a blueprint for assured growth but aims to ensure there is a regulatory framework to support and facilitate that growth."
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.