Definitive guidance from the Scottish Government on responsibility for non-native and invasive species is being sought.
For more information, you can refer to The Scottish Government's Code of Practice .
Scottish Ministers (including Marine Scotland), Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), the Scottish Environment Protection Agency(SEPA) and the Forestry Commissioners (FCS) all have responsibilities relating to non-native species in Scotland.
SNH is the overall lead co-ordinating body for non-native species issues.
These 'habitat leads' are given specific powers relating to the prevention, eradication and control of non-natives in the 1981 Act (Chapter 9 provides more details) and are responsible for determining priorities for their habitat.
The habitat leads all have information on their websites however queries should be directed in the first instance to:
Most licensing is dealt with by SNH with freshwater fish being dealt with by Marine Scotland.
Native ranges and species specific advice
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450 000 Fax: 01259 727 453