AN independent review into the regulation of fish farms is underway, the Scottish Government has said.

Professor Russel Griggs has been appointed to lead the first phase of the review, which aims to highlight what improvements can be made to the environmental, economic and community aspects of aquaculture legislation.

Critics have long raised concerns about the environmental impact of fish farms and their impact on wild salmon stocks.

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.