In 2019 SEPA introduced a new regulatory framework for finfish aquaculture to strengthen protection of the marine environment.
The SEPA website sets out the processes which operators follow to obtain a permit to operate a finfish farm. Before an application is made, an operator should provide an outline of the proposed farm. SEPA will then prepare a Screening Modelling and Risk Identification Report which assesses the suitability of the proposed site with respect to: dispersal of waste, the potential influence on sensitive features and level of modelling required to address any identified risks. This information will be used by the operator in preparing an application and will help inform early engagement with the community and other stakeholders.
Reports take into account other licenced farms as well as active pre-application proposals within the proposed area, as appropriate. The reports do not contain a decision as to whether an application (if received) will be granted and information within the reports will be superseded by information provided by the applicant as the application progresses.
Applications which are informed, by Screening Modelling and Risk Identification Reports will include more detailed information allowing full assessment of the risks of any application as part of the CAR determination.
This page provides access to screening modelling and risk assessment reports prepared over the last 12 months where the application (if received) has not yet been determined. Some of the proposals will continue to application, others may be amended, and in some instances operators will decide not to proceed to the application stage.
It is not possible for SEPA to take any comments relating to these reports at this stage. SEPA will consult on proposals, where appropriate, once a full application has been received.
View applications currently being advertised.
View process for preparation of a Screening Modelling and Risk Identification Report
Active Screening Modelling and Risk Identification Reports
|Site||Link to report||Added to website||Updates|
Loch Hourn (updated)
|16 December 2020|
West of Burwick
|14 December 2020|
|Easter Score Holm||Link||14 December 2020|
|CAR/L/1190607||West Geasgill||Link||12 November 2020|
|CAR/L/1152362||Isle of Rum (updated)||Link||05 October 2020|
|CAR/L/1005092||Setterness South||Link||09 September 2020||Application not proceeding|
|CAR/L/1003062||Chalmers Hope||Link||09 september 2020|
|CAR/L/1191746||East Moclett||Link||26 August 2020|
|CAR/L/1183568||Canna||Link||20 August 2020|
|CAR/L/1191546||Beinn Reithe||Link||12 August 2020|
|CAR/L/1131788||Carradale North||Link||10 August 2020||Application not proceeding|
|CAR/L/1078064||Carradale South||Link||10 August 2020||Application not proceeding|
|CAR/L/1184794||Loch Erisort||Link||10 August 2020|
|CAR/L/1105276||Loch Hourn||Link||10 August 2020||Application not proceeding|
|CAR/L/1152362||Isle of Rum||Link||10 August 2020||Application not proceeding|