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Landscape and aquaculture

Marine aquaculture - fin fish and shellfish farms - continues to expand and develop mainly along the west and north coasts of mainland Scotland and around many of the offshore islands.  People have become more accustomed to seeing fish farms, but like all development, if poorly sited or designed, they can still have a negative effect on coastal character and visual amenity.  While in some places negative effects can be minimised by improving the detailed design of the individual structures, many potential landscape, seascape and visual problems can be avoided by choosing sites where fin and shell fish farms may be more easily absorbed into the landscape in the first place.

Scottish Natural Heritage has produced guidance on marine aquaculture and the landscape to assist developers and planners:

Guidance on Landscape/Seascape Capacity for Aquaculture provides a methodology for assessing the character and visual qualities of the coastal landscape and seascape to work out where aquaculture development may best be accommodated in principle.

Marine Aquaculture and the landscape: the siting and design of marine aquaculture developments in the landscape.  Essential for those who develop and manage aquaculture facilities, this guidance offers advice on how to assess and address the landscape and visual impact of marine aquaculture developments.

For information on aquaculture planning frameworks see our planning  pages.



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