Cutting paperwork for fish farms

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
18 August 2006, at 1:00am

UK - Environmental watchdogs SEPA have brought in an electronic approach to monitoring the seabed under fish farm cages, to ease back on bureaucracy. To reduce the "mountain of paperwork" involved in regular seabed monitoring, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency has developed an electronic template that will enable reports of the surveys, which are usually carried out by a consultant on the fish farmer's behalf, to be submitted on CD. The new system is based on a simple spreadsheet with pages provided which set out details of the reporting requirements. In addition to being better for the environment, this approach will allow consultants to easily submit consistent reports to SEPA electronically, leading to faster reporting. Source: Shetland Marine News