Holyrood today passed the Crown Estate Scotland Bill after the Stage Three debate, the final part of the the parliamentary process. As part of that debate, amendments from the Cabinet Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, and from Mark Ruskell MSP were passed which ensure that harvesting of wild kelp will only be legal where the plant itself is not killed.
This is the same principle which already applied for hand harvesters, who argued for consistency both on economic and environmental grounds. Creelers and other fishers also supported these measures, in part because the species they catch rely on kelp habitats.
This vote represents a success not just for SIFT’s Help the Kelp campaign, but also for local communities and small businesses up and down the west coast. Some of the contributions to the debate are below.
Mark Ruskell MSP, moving his amendment
Claudia Beamish MSP, who signed Mark Ruskell’s amendment
Gail Ross MSP, who was full of praise for the Sea Savers
Finlay Carson MSP, closing for the Scottish Conservatives
Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, opening the debate for the Scottish Government