New strategy to support Scotland’s fish farming sector.
Actions to increase the productivity of Scotland’s aquaculture sector and help reduce its impact on the environment have been set out in a new strategy.
The Vision for Sustainable Aquaculture includes measures that will:
- safeguard the natural environment
- support innovation across the sector
- ensure local communities receive lasting benefits from aquaculture
- promote new infrastructure and supply chain developments
The Vision will be delivered by the Scottish Government in cooperation with businesses and other stakeholders. It will also seek to harness the potential Scotland has as a coastal nation to develop its Blue Economy and create more sustainable economic and social benefit from fish, seafood and seaweed farming in the future.
- The Vision for Sustainable Aquaculture fulfils a key Scottish Government pledge in both the Bute House Agreement and Programme for Government. It is the culmination of a commitment to produce an enhanced aquaculture strategy, which places emphasis on environmental protection and community benefit.
- Scotland’s blue economy includes the marine, coastal and the inter-linked freshwater environment of Scotland, the different marine and maritime sectors it supports, and the people connected to it.
- The vision for Scotland’s blue economy recognises that economic prosperity and well-being are embedded within nature, and in order to harness blue opportunities, Scotland’s economy and society must be transformed to thrive within the planet’s sustainable limits.