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.

Updated UK Marine Strategy: marine monitoring

Defra, the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government are seeking views on the updated marine monitoring programmes for the state of the UK’s seas for each of the UK Marine Strategy descriptors.

Closes 17th Nov 2020

SEPA: Consultation on the marine fish farm charges

This charging scheme consultation is intended to address historic under-recovery and to fund the additional work introduced by the new approach to regulating aquaculture which ensures a transparent science-based approach.

Closes 20th Nov 2020

SEPA consultation

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 members, associates and supporters are listed below.

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

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.

West Jura petiton

Halt salmon industry expansion around Arran

Please do not grant permission for new or expanded salmonid production sites in the North Ayrshire Council islands & coastal area.

The Community of Arran Seabed Trust say that the consequences of large numbers of fish deaths, contamination by fish sewage, food waste, chemicals and medicals will be detrimental to the environment, health and economy of the Isle of Arran and its neighbours. See https://www.arrancoast.com/north-arran-salmon-farm-campaign/ for more information.

COAST petition