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Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Act 2013

Section 17 - Control schemes

43.Section 17 applies where Scottish Ministers have given notice under section 16(3)(a) of the Act in relation to the presence of a commercially damaging species, and are satisfied either that it is not possible to secure a control agreement, or 6 weeks have elapsed since the notice and no agreement has been reached and Ministers remain of the view that measures should be taken to remove, reduce, prevent or otherwise control the commercially damaging species.

44.Section 17(2) requires in certain circumstances the Scottish Ministers to make a “control scheme” in order to ensure that any measures they consider necessary to remove, etc the species in question are taken. Where Ministers make a control scheme, they must notify the person who carries on the business to which the control scheme relates at least 14 days before the scheme comes into effect that the scheme has been made (section 17(3)). Section 17(4) and (5) specify, respectively, the matters which must and may be included in the control scheme, and the date by which any measures to be taken by the person to whom the scheme applies are to be completed. Section 17(6) introduces schedule 1, which makes provision about the making, variation and revocation of control schemes and appeals. Section 17(7) makes provision for the person who carries on a business to which a control scheme relates to take such measures as the scheme may require of them. Section 17(8) requires the Scottish Ministers to review a control scheme at least once every 12 months, and section 17(9) enables Ministers to undertake themselves any requirement of a control scheme where they are of the opinion that a person has failed to comply.

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