“We applaud Panorama’s focus on the abject failure of the regulators in Scotland to carry out their responsibilities."
Andrew Graham-Stewart, Director of Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland
For example, the Scottish Government’s Fish Health Inspectorate, that polices farms for parasites and diseases, has in the last five years served only two enforcement notices under the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Act 2007, relating to the failure to control sea lice on fish farms.
Furthermore, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency has not, in the last five years, served a single enforcement notice for any failure to comply with Controlled Activities Regulations licences and there have been no prosecutions.
This is taking ‘light touch regulation’ to extremes – a consequence, there can be little doubt, of political direction from above.”
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