The Fish Farming Planning Protocol is a guide for fish farm developers on engagement with the planning process and on the procedures to follow when seeking to develop in Scotland.

Members of the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) are committed to a Voluntary Planning Protocol, principally with regard to best practice for pre-application engagement with stakeholders and the wider community.

The Revised Fish Farming Planning Protocol was developed following extensive consultation with industry developers, local authority planning heads and statutory consultees in the fish farming development process. It fulfils a pledge made as part of the recommendations of the Independent Review of Aquaculture Consenting during 2016.

The document demonstrates what constitutes best practice for the sector, linking closely to Scottish salmon farming's Community Engagement Charter.

Click here to download the Fish Farming Planning Protocol.