Scotland has a robust legislative and regulatory framework in place which provides the right balance between developing the fish farming sector and protecting the pristine environment on which the sector depends. All farms must meet strict guidelines to ensure that the environmental effects are assessed and managed safely.
Marine fish and seaweed farms
Before setting up or running a fish or seaweed farm, you first have to obtain licences and approval from a number of organisations. Which consents you require will depend on what you want to farm.
Freshwater and land-based farms
Freshwater and land-based farms may require all the consents below, except for a marine licence and Crown Estate lease.