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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-19699: Gillian Martin (Aberdeenshire East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 1 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what (a) advice and (b) support it gives to freshwater fisheries management bodies regarding the removal of historic manmade features that can act as obstacles to the movement of migratory fish.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 9 November 2018

The Scottish Government advises fisheries management bodies to contact the Scottish Environment Protection Agency regarding any historic manmade features that may be acting as obstacles to the movement of migratory fish.

The Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 require that any owner of a structure such as a weir or dam ensures it does not impact on fish passage. SEPA is progressively working to ensure that owners put any necessary measures in place.

Any historic structures no longer serving an economic purpose and which are impacting on fish passage, may be eligible for funding from the Scottish Government’s Water Environment Fund, which is administered by SEPA. SEPA is progressively working with local fisheries trusts to identify all such structures and develop solutions.

It is important that SEPA is contacted about such cases to ensure an appropriate solution is developed which takes account of the circumstances of each case.