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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-19700: 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 district fishery boards and trusts to encourage them to install large wooden debris installations in river systems to help improve nutrient concentration and create a varied habitat for fish and aquatic invertebrates.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 9 November 2018

The Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 require any engineering activity in rivers or lochs to be authorised by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). Large woody structures may have a part to play in nutrient management, but within a wider context of ensuring effective passage of migratory fish and other river users, as well as management of flood risk. The Scottish Government therefore advises fisheries management bodies to contact SEPA before undertaking any action in rivers.