Fish Farm Containment and Marine Mammal Interactions Code of Practice

Closed 3 Aug 2021

Opened 22 Jun 2021

Feedback updated 5 Nov 2021

We asked

We sought views on a draft of the Aquaculture Code of Practice: Containment of and Prevention of Escape of Fish on Fish Farms in relation to Marine Mammal Interactions. We also asked for people’s views on accompanying reporting forms and a partial Business Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA).

A public consultation took place between 22 June 2021 and 3 August 2021.

You said

We received 39 responses to the consultation of which 20 were from organisations and 19 from members of the public. We have published the responses received where the respondent has given permission for us to do so.

The majority of responses supported introduction of the Code of Practice with a range of comments and constructive suggestions for revision and improvement.

We did

We published an analysis of the consultation responses:

We completed and published a BRIA:

The response to the consultation has been incorporated into the final version of the Code of Practice which is published on the Scottish Government website:

Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


Section 7 of the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Act 2007 (“2007 Act”) empowers the Scottish Ministers to approve a code of practice, in whole or in part, in order to give practical guidance to fish farmers, promoting desirable practices with respect to the containment of fish on fish farms and the prevention of escapes by farmed fish. This Code of Practice sets out the standards expected from Aquaculture Production Businesses in Scotland in order to provide for the containment of fish on fish farms and to prevent their escape in relation to marine mammal interactions.

Why your views matter

It is a statutory requirement to consult on this occassion.

Read the consultation paper. 

Read the Code of Practice.


  • Marine and Fisheries