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Decision time

MSPs passed Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham's amended motion, which called for recognition of the continued development of an ambitious and sustainable Scottish aquaculture industry on 10 March 2010.

In all, 113 MSPs voted for the amended motion, with no-one against and with two abstentions.

Labour's environment spokeswoman Elaine Murray's amendment, which regretted the late publication of Delivering Planning Reform for Aquaculture on the Scottish Government website on the day before the debate, fell.

A total of 43 MSPs voted for the amendment , but 58 MSPs voted against it.

The amendment from John Scott, the Conservative environment spokesman, which called for consultation with the aquaculture industry and for streamlining of the planning process to allow the creation of more fish farms was passed, with 73 MSPs voting for it and 43 voting against it.

Liam McArthur, the Liberal Democrat environment spokeswoman, saw his amendment, calling for more training for the aquaculture industry workforce, passed unanimously.

Green MSP Robin Harper's amendment, which urged the government to phase out the rearing of smolt or juvenile fish in freshwater open net-pens, fell, with two MSPs voting for it and 114 voting against it.

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