As part of our efforts to manage interactions between farmed and wild fish, Fisheries Management Scotland receive grant funding from Marine Scotland and Crown Estate Scotland.

The purpose of the grant funding is as follows:

  • To contribute to the achievement of a common understanding between aquaculture companies, Fisheries Management Scotland and relevant DSFBs and Fisheries Trusts on optimal approaches to managing and monitoring interactions between wild and farmed fish, at local and national level.
  • To contribute, on the basis of this common understanding, to constructive working relationships between aquaculture companies, the wild fisheries sector and regulators on effective management of interactions between wild and farmed fish.
  • To contribute to the establishment of collaborative projects between the farmed fish and wild fisheries sectors.

This important funding supports our Aquaculture Interactions Manager and allows us to support our members in their efforts to protect and restore wild salmonid populations. This includes engagement with the planning process, including associated Environmental Management Plans and wild fish monitoring, engagement with the industry at a local and national level, engagement with certification schemes, including the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, and helping to inform the ongoing process of regulatory reform in Scotland. We are extremely greatly to Marine Scotland and Crown Estate Scotland for this support.