The Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee is visiting Aberdeenshire and Montrose on 9 and 10 November. These factfinding visits form part of the Committee’s scrutiny of the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill.
The focus for these visits is on freshwater fisheries. In Aberdeenshire MSPs will learn about a £2.5 million scheme designed to mitigate the effects of climate change by establishing native trees over 50 kilometres of riverbank in the River Dee. In Montrose, the Committee will tour a wild salmon fishery and learn how they net wild salmon.
The focus switches when the Committee visits a fish farm in Fort William on 16 and 17 November.
On both these visits the Committee will get a first-hand view of the potential impact of the legislation on wild and farmed fisheries, which will inform the MSPs' scrutiny of the bill.