SEPA response to Sunday Times Article - Sunday, 6 May

date06 May 2018

Anne Anderson, Chief Officer, Compliance and Beyond, at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said:

“SEPA is committed to protecting and enhancing Scotland’s environment and following a 2017 consultation and review of international regulation, SEPA will shortly announce firm, evidence based proposals to further strengthen the regulation of the sector.

“These will include fresh modelling using the best available science, enhanced site based environmental monitoring, a new approach to sustainable siting of farms, and new recommendations for controlling the use of medicines aligned with encouraging innovation in the containment of marine waste.” 

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Further background information on key topics: 

  • 2500 MODELLING RESTRICTION

SEPA is committed to protecting and enhancing Scotland’s environment.  Fish farms were and will continue to be assessed on the basis of their environmental impact.  The opportunity for fish farms has always existed for the sector to extend beyond a notional 2,500 tonne figure, should they be able to evidence the environmental sustainability of doing so.  The figure related firmly to a modelling restriction.

  • COMPLIANCE & REGULATORY REGIME

 SEPA is clear that compliance with our environmental licences is not negotiable. SEPA ensures compliance using a number of tools, including using best available science, data, evidence, regulation including scheduled visits and firm enforcement. 

  • UNDERSTANDING OF SEA

SEPA is committed to protecting and enhancing Scotland’s environment and following a 2017 consultation and review of international regulation, SEPA will shortly announce firm, evidence based proposals to further strengthen the regulation of the sector. 

These will include fresh modelling using the best available science, enhanced site based environmental monitoring, a new approach to sustainable siting of farms, and new recommendations for controlling the use of medicines aligned with encouraging innovation in the containment of marine waste.