Scottish Gov. and Scottish Parliament Activity

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See below a summary of Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament activity recent and upcoming.

"Scottish Natural Heritage is carefully reviewing developments on licensing in England. If it is concluded that General Licences in Scotland require revision, SNH has made public its intention to work collaboratively with stakeholders to ensure there is an effective and proportionate approach in Scotland that complies fully with the law. In view of the legal challenge in England, SNH has decided to bring forward its consultation on General Licences planned for 2020 to this year. " 

 

I wonder will they allow more control over cormorants and sawbills?

 

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Please find below a short summary of activities relating to fish, fisheries and the wider aquatic environment in the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Government and Agencies. If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Relevant Publications

Topic Sheets on a range of issues can be accessed on the Scottish Government Website

Consultations

Scottish Sea Fisheries National Discussion Paper

The Sea Fisheries National Discussion Paper sets out, and seeks your views on, a vision for the future management of Scotland’s marine fisheries, how we will conduct ourselves in the International arena and what our guiding principles shall be. More (Closes 7 June 2019)

Unconventional Oil and Gas: 2018 Consultation Addendum

The Scottish Government is taking a cautious, evidence-led approach to considering unconventional oil and gas in Scotland. On 03 October 2017, the Scottish Government set out a preferred position that it does not support onshore unconventional oil and gas development in Scotland. The preferred... More(Closes 25 June 2019)

National Islands Plan and Island Communities Impact Assessments

This consultation supports the development of the National Islands Plan as set out in Part 2 of the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018. We want the National Islands Plan to be a document that builds on what works well on Scottish islands, and addresses the challenges faced by islands and their... More (Closed 6 July 2019)

 

Scottish Parliament

Week commencing 27 May 2019

Main Chamber

No business directly related to salmon and freshwater fisheries or the aquatic environment.

Committees

Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee (28th May)

No business directly related to salmon and freshwater fisheries or the aquatic environment.

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee (29th May)

No business directly related to salmon and freshwater fisheries or the aquatic environment.

 

Week commencing 20 May 2019

Main Chamber

First Minister’s Questions (22nd May)

John Finnie (Highlands and Islands) (Green): Does the First Minister share the serious public concerns about Scotland’s fish farming industry, as highlighted by the “Panorama” programme the other night? Does she share the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy’s view that we “must be better at recognising and celebrating the good environmental credentials of this industry”? When it comes to fish farming, is it growth at any cost?

The First Minister (Nicola Sturgeon): I do not think that it should be growth at any cost in any sector of our economy. I recognise the concerns that people have about the environmental sustainability of aquaculture and its impact on wild salmon in particular. We are committed to sustainable aquaculture and wild fisheries. Both are dependent on the environment. Aquaculture salmon farming is important economically, but we would all agree that it must be delivered and developed sustainably, with appropriate regulatory frameworks that minimise and address environmental impacts. I know that the industry shares that view.

Committees

Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee (21st May)

No business directly related to salmon and freshwater fisheries or the aquatic environment.

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee (22nd May)

No business directly related to salmon and freshwater fisheries or the aquatic environment.

Motions

No motions directly related to salmon and freshwater fisheries or the aquatic environment.

Questions

Question S5W-23414: Rhoda Grant, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has spent on preserving biodiversity in farmland landscapes in each year since 2014.

Current Status: Expected Answer date 10/06/2019

 

Question S5W-23416: Rhoda Grant, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to (a) ensure the health of and (b) maintain farmland biodiversity, and how it will ensure that this work will be able to meet the expected scale of future biodiversity challenge.
Current Status: Expected Answer date 10/06/2019

 

Question S5W-23417: Rhoda Grant, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out of the health of the country's natural pollinators.
Current Status: Expected Answer date 10/06/2019

 

Question S5W-23418: Mark Ruskell, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 23/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has made of the contribution of Scottish biodiversity to human health.

Current Status: Expected Answer date 10/06/2019

 

Question S5W-23421: Mark Ruskell, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 23/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government how Good Food Nation legislation will work to reduce the impact of domestic food production on biodiversity and the wider environment.
Current Status: Expected Answer date 10/06/2019

 

Question S5W-23258: Mark Ruskell, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 16/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of large-scale wildfires in recent years, whether it is planning (a) any further regulation of muirburn and (b) on making full compliance with the Muirburn Code a statutory requirement.
Current Status: Expected Answer date 30/05/2019

 

Question S5W-23138: Michelle Ballantyne, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 14/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government how much unallocated funding remains from the 2018-19 Coastal Communities Fund; what plans it has for this funding, and how this compares with how this was disposed of in previous years. 
Current Status: Expected Answer date 28/05/2019

 

Question S5W-23139: Michelle Ballantyne, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 14/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government how it raises awareness among coastal local authorities of the funding streams that are available to them for economic and land development.
Current Status: Expected Answer date 28/05/2019

 

Question S5W-23115: Mark Ruskell, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 13/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government, in the light of the recent decision by Natural England to revoke three General Licences for controlling certain wild birds, what evidence it has that Scottish Natural Heritage is compliant with the requirement under Section 16 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 that no licence should be granted unless it is satisfied that there is no other satisfactory solution, as it relates to General Licences 01/2019, 02/2019 and 03/2019.

Current Status: Expected Answer date 27/05/2019

 

Question S5W-23116: Mark Ruskell, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 13/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the use of General Licences 01, 02 and 03 for birds, including the number of birds taken or killed and compliance with the requirement that there is no other satisfactory solution.
Answered by Roseanna Cunningham (22/05/2019):

As this is a delegated matter, this responsibility lies with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). SNH requires users of these general licences to report on the numbers of birds killed or taken for those species which may have suffered notable declines in number or range. SNH is satisfied that the use of General Licences is not causing any such declines.

 

In view of the legal challenge in England, SNH is consulting with legal advisers and will consider if any changes may be required to its licences. SNH has also decided to bring forward its consultation on general licensing, originally planned for 2020, to later this year.

 

Question S5W-23117: Mark Ruskell, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 13/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether the requirement in General Licences 01/2019, 02/2019 and 03/2019 for birds for the authorised person using the licence to be satisfied that there is no satisfactory solution other than controlling wild birds is compliant with section 16 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
Current Status: Expected Answer date 27/05/2019

 

Question S5W-23047: Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 08/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government when it expects to be in a position to analyse and communicate the results of the Missing Salmon Project, which is tagging smolts in the Moray Firth.
Answered by Roseanna Cunningham (22/05/2019):

The Missing Salmon Project is led by The Atlantic Salmon Trust (AST) and information is available at https://www.atlanticsalmontrust.org/themissingsalmonproject/. A Marine Scotland Science representative is a member of the Project Steering Committee. However, it is the responsibility of the AST (and its contractors) to analyse and communicate the results. Marine Scotland awaits the outcome of this interesting project with interest.

 

Question S5W-23023: Bill Bowman, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 08/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government what it considers “significant environmental effects” to be when referring to strategic environmental assessments carried out by SEPA.
Answered by Roseanna Cunningham (22/05/2019):

The Scottish Government does not usually have a role in considering what is a significant environmental effect for strategic environmental assessments carried out by other Responsible Authorities. Where SEPA is carrying out a strategic environmental assessment, they are required to: reach their own view whether environmental effects are likely to be significant and whether therefore an SEA is required; seek the opinions of the two other Consultation Authorities (SNH and Historic Environment Scotland) on that view; and undertake public consultation on their Environmental Report where appropriate.

 

Question S5W-22990: Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 07/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government what advice Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has received regarding the legality of the 2019 general licences for birds, in the light of the acceptance by Natural England that a similar clause in its licences, which put the onus on operators of the licence to ensure that they were satisfied non-lethal methods of control, was unlawful, and how it would respond if a similar legal challenge was lodged against SNH.
Answered by Roseanna Cunningham (22/05/2019):

Scottish Natural Heritage is carefully reviewing developments on licensing in England. If it is concluded that General Licences in Scotland require revision, SNH has made public its intention to work collaboratively with stakeholders to ensure there is an effective and proportionate approach in Scotland that complies fully with the law. In view of the legal challenge in England, SNH has decided to bring forward its consultation on General Licences planned for 2020 to this year.

 

Question S5W-22791: Jackie Baillie, Dumbarton, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24/04/2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on making the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) independent of government.
Current Status: Expected Answer date 08/05/2019

 

Question S5W-22537: Mark Ruskell, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date Lodged: 04/04/2019

To ask the Scottish Government which projects have been funded by the Climate Challenge Fund in its 2019-20 round of funding, and how much in total has been awarded.
Current Status: Expected Answer date 02/05/2019

 

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