Open Consultations and Petitions

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Consultations

If you want to influence government decisions and policies relating to issues you are concerned about within Scotland, then responding to government consultations is one way to do so.

Consultation responses are a good way to get your community’s voice heard on local and national issues that are important to you, and they can also help with organising your group or seeking clarity and consensus around issues your community wants to speak on collectively.

You can also visit Citizen Space – the Scottish Government’s consultation hub – which lists all consultations, or sign up for their consultation email updates.

The Scottish Government launched the Inshore Fisheries Pilots initiative in July 2017 with the aim of exploring alternative approaches to managing inshore fisheries.

The initiative seeks to explore two approaches to fisheries management:

  • a more localised approach where fishing interests are central to the development of fisheries management arrangements; and
  • spatial separation of fishing operations, such as static (creeling) and mobile (trawling) within specified areas.

Following the outcome of the 2017 consultation, further representations were made to the Scottish Government which have resulted in this new proposal which may present unique learning opportunities.

Opening date: 17th January 2019

Closing date: 28th February 2019

Submit your response: Online here

Relevant Petitions

Online petitions can be an excellent way to show public support for, or against, something and some can even be debated in Holyrood or Westminster if they receive a certain level of support.

Open petitions shared by Network members, associates or friends and supporters are listed below.

Protect Clyde Marine Life: STOP PeelPorts Oil-Rig Decommissioning Facility

Holly Atterson started this petition to North Ayrshire Council and 3 others

I’ll start off by posting a link to the YouTube video that CessCon Decom has uploaded with the proposed extensions to the Fairlie site.  When you watch it, I’m sure you’ll be equally as terrified of the potential consequences of this business venture. If you appreciate the beauty of the Clyde and all its amazing creatures, visiting Largs and Fairlie beach, Arran and cycling round Millport in the summer, you deserve to have a say in this.

Please do not turn a blind eye to the destruction of the marine environment and the protected species within.

 

Save dolphins, porpoises and seals from Scottish salmon farms

Porpoises, dolphins and whales are being driven from feeding grounds and can be deafened by Acoustic Deterrent Devices (ADDs) used by salmon farms.  These mammals echolocate to find food, and if deafened will starve.

Most Scottish farms use cheap single nets. Dead fish accumulate and tempt seals to bite salmon through the net. 121 of 172 farms use ADDs (outputting over 179 decibels) to deter seals, but because ADDs are not very effective, farmers using ADDs also shoot seals.

 

Stop Proposed Fish farm on West coast of Jura

To: Scottish Environment and Protection Agency (SEPA) & Argyll and Bute Planning Council.

We are asking SEPA and Argyll and Bute Planning council to refuse Kames proposal for a Fish Farm development on the West coast of the Isle of Jura. Why is this important?

The environmental impacts would be devastating for wildlife found on the west coast. The West Coast of Jura is a truly unspoilt wilderness. The chance of escapee fish would be very high given the ferocity of the gales on an extremely exposed site during the winter months.

Please sign the petition.