The Improved System for Licensing Aquaculture Development (ISLAD) Working Group was established in 2009 following the launch of A Fresh Start - the renewed Strategic Framework for Scottish Aquaculture.
The Group is Chaired by Professor Phil Thomas of the Scottish Salmon Producers' Organisation (SSPO) and comprises industry representatives from:
The Group has been tasked with ensuring that opportunities exist for expansion of the industry in the right places, with streamlined and proportionate regulations and procedures to ensure faster decisions and to minimise adverse impacts on other users of the marine and freshwater environment.
The current issues for the Group include:
- Overseeing the implementation of the actions in Delivering Planning Reform for Aquaculture and Delivering Planning Reform for Aquaculture 2 which are designed to improve planning delivery.
- Overseeing the preparation of a working arrangements document between the main statutory consultees
- Improved availability of sites where development can and cannot go
- Examining the current usage of existing sites and how to consider unused biomass
- Revision of the Locational Guidelines particularly in relation to food composition
- Identifying the other users of the marine environment, their interactions with aquaculture and any impacts
- Examining the scope for the streamlining of all relevant permissions, consents or licences