Aquaculture Consenting Guide

Read the Marine Aquaculture Consenting Guide, published by SIFT and Marine Conservation Society in 2017. The Guide aims to improve public understanding of the aquaculture consenting process in Scottish waters, and to empower coastal communities so that they have a greater say in how their local sea areas are managed.

The Guide sets out the responsibilities of, and relationships between, the various public bodies involved in the aquaculture consenting process. It also summarises the regulatory oversight of marine fish farms in Scottish waters. It provides links to many of the key publications and website pages of the public agencies involved, along with other useful information about aquaculture in Scotland’s inshore waters.



Information Pack on Proposed Firth of Clyde Regulating Order, Version 2 (November 2015)

SIFT have released an Information Pack summarising its proposal for a Regulating Order (RO) for the Firth of Clyde to manage prawns, king and queen scallops only. The document is for members of the Firth of Clyde fishery and other stakeholders. It details the background, proposed governance structure and management measures.

Please follow the link to view the Information Pack on the proposed Clyde RO, Version 2:Information Pack on proposed Firth of Clyde Regulating Order, Version 2


Proposed Firth of Clyde Regulating Order Submitted to Scottish Government

SIFT has lodged with the Scottish Government an innovative proposal to revive the Firth of Clyde’s once great fishery. The proposal, for a Regulating Order under the 1967 Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Act, aims to improve the Firth’s existing shellfish fishery and bring back its former finfish fishery.

Please follow the link to view the application: Firth of Clyde Regulating Order Application, October 2015

Please follow the link to view the associated economic report: Economic Impact of a Proposed Fisheries Regulating Order for the Clyde Sea.




Protection for Scotland's Kelp Forests

SIFT Research Reports

Howarth & Stewart (2014), The Dredge Fishery for Scallops in the United Kingdom (UK): Effects on Marine Ecosystems and Proposals for Future Management

Ryan & Bailey (2012), Trawling and Dredging in the Clyde Sea Area: History, Impacts and Prospects for Recovery

SOI LIMITED (2012), A review of Static Gear Reserves in relation to proposals in the Firth of Clyde

University of Glasgow, Clyde River Foundation and Marine Monitoring Solutions Ltd. (2013) Design of a Scottish Inshore Fish Monitoring Programme


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