Date lodged: 8 February 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what meetings it has had with stakeholders, including the UK Government, in relation to the seafood import provisions of the US Marine Mammal Protection Act, broken down by (a) date and (b) location.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 28 February 2018
Since late 2015 the Scottish Government have been in regular dialogue and raising awareness of the MMPA and its potential impact on Scottish seafood exports with Scotland’s aquaculture sector (through the SSPO), within the Seafish Regulatory Experts Group, directly with Seafood Scotland and through the Fisheries Management and Conservation Group which represents 90% of the Scottish commercial fishing industry (FMAC). The vast majority of discussions have taken place by phone and/or email exchanges.
Details of specific meetings are outlined below:
- 6 December 2016 – Conference call with lead officials in Defra and UK Embassy in Washington, involving representatives from Marine Scotland and Food and Drink.
- 27 September 2017 - Seafood Regulation Expert Group – SFIA HQ, Edinburgh - http://www.seafish.org/industry-support/legislation/seafood-regulation-expert-group
- 29 September 2017 – Conference call with the Canadian Aquaculture Management Directorate, involving representatives from Marine Scotland and Food and Drink.
- 30 November 2017 Seafish Domestic Aquaculture Advisory Committee (SDAAC) - http://www.seafish.org/industry-support/aquaculture/aquaculture-groups/seafish-domestic-aquaculture-advisory-committee