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.

Draft Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products and Oxo-degradable Plastic Products) (Scotland) Regulations 2021

The Scottish Government are seeking views and comments from stakeholders and the general public on the draft Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products and Oxo-degradable Plastic Products) (Scotland) Regulations to inform the work on finalising the regulations.

Closes 13th April 2021

Single use plastics consultation

UK Dolphin and Porpoise Conservation Strategy: consultation

The Scottish Government, in collaboration with Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Welsh Government (WG), Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Northern Ireland (DAERA) and the UK Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies, have developed this UK conservation strategy.
The strategy aims to ensure effective management to achieve and/or maintain favourable conservation status for nine of the most commonly found dolphin, porpoise and minke whale species in UK waters.

Closes 14th June 2021

Dolphin and porpoise 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, friends and supporters are listed below.

Bring Back the Fish – Bring Back Scotland’s #InshoreLimit

We call on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the Scottish Government to follow their own policies and stop the chronic destruction of our seabed by urgently reinstating a coastal limit on bottom-trawl and dredge fishing.

Find out more about the OurSeas Coalition.

Our Seas

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