Reflecting the industry’s desire to remain at the forefront of good practice, The Code of Good Practice for Scottish Finfish Aquaculture (CoGP) was first published in 2006, the result of an agreed industry action arising from the 2003 Strategic Framework for Scottish Aquaculture.
It is an evolving document, regularly reviewed to incorporate elements of change in legislation and emerging priorities in environmental management and the sustainable development of the industry. It provides assurance to all stakeholders, consumers and the general public that Scottish finfish aquaculture is a responsible sector, one producing a range of products of which Scotland can be justifiably proud.
It brings the standard of practice of every participating farmer up to a specified acceptable level, and is based on science and experience, reflecting the industry’s desire to remain at the forefront of good practice. All SSPO members subscribe to the CoGP, with over 90% of production audited within the scheme.
Allied to the development of the industry has been the increasing recognition of the importance of maintaining high industry standards. These go well beyond the basic regulatory requirements and ensure not only that the industry continues in its shared development of good practice, but also that Scottish aquaculture products are positioned and widely perceived as meeting the high quality production standards consistent with current and future sustainable development.
The 2015 review of the Code incorporates criteria relating to the latest industry developments and outcomes of working groups constituted within the framework of the various Ministerial Groups on Aquaculture. All the criteria within the Code are supplementary to existing legislation.